A shootout between Mexican police and heavily-armed gangsters left 10 dead and four wounded on a highway near the U.S. border this week, according to reports.
The incident unfolded on Monday in Nuevo Leon state in northeastern Mexico.
Fuerza Civil officers on patrol on the Monterrey-Nuevo Laredo Highway were ambushed by men in armored pickup trucks.
“The confrontations took place this Monday afternoon in the stretch between kilometers 56 and 72 of the aforementioned highway, when the officers were attacked by the subjects,” authorities explained in a statement.
“In response, the agents repelled the aggression, which left 10 people dead (five at kilometer 56 and five more at kilometer 72) as well as four police officers injured: three by a rollover crash and one by a firearm; all are reported to be in stable condition.”
Footage from a crash site on the highway was shared on social media.
🚨Balacera en #NuevoLeón deja 10 muertos y cuatro policías heridos
El secretario de Seguridad de #NuevoLeón, Gerardo Palacios, confirmó el enfrentamiento entre miembros de Fuerza Civil y presuntos criminales
Agregó que los atacantes viajaban a bordo de tres camionetas blindadas pic.twitter.com/dBWuQHlilE
— Abner Berruecos (@abner_berruecos) May 30, 2023
Police say they seized 12 large-caliber long guns, grenades, a hundred rounds of ammunition, three armored vans, nine helmets, and 13 ballistic vests.