Mexico City, Nov 4 (EFE) .- Two Mexican police officers died and six were injured when they were ambushed by armed men after having carried out operations in the municipality of Texcatitlán, in the State of Mexico (center), the State Attorney’s Office reported.
“This Thursday afternoon elements of the Attorney General’s Office of the State of Mexico (FGJEM) clashed with armed men in the municipality of Texcaltitlán, after several operational actions were carried out in that area,” the entity detailed in a statement.
According to the source, the contingent of the Prosecutor’s Office repelled an attack when they were moving along the La Puerta-Coatepec highway, in the Ojo de Agua community.
“The purpose of the mobilization carried out by the FGJEM was to identify surveillance points and safe houses of the criminal group Familia Michoacana in that region of the entity,” the agency added.
In addition to the two agents, who belonged to the Investigative Police, the Prosecutor’s Office detailed that another “subject” who was transferred to the institution’s facilities also lost his life.
“This individual had been arrested with communication devices and was being investigated for carrying out hawking functions (obtaining information),” they specified.
After the confrontation, federal and state forces deployed an operation in the area. Among the tasks that are being carried out is the tracking of hospitals in the region due to the possibility that suspects have had to enter due to injuries.
“The families of the Investigative Police who lost their lives in the line of duty, as well as the six injured, will receive all the backing and support of this institution,” the statement concluded.
Mexico recorded the two most violent years in its history in the first 24 months of President Andrés Manuel López Obrador’s term, with 34,689 murder victims in 2019 and 34,558 in 2020.