México: Assailants block Mexican police convoy, kill 15 officers in ambush / Tracy Wilkinson

Assailants block Mexican police convoy with burning vehicle, kill 15 officers during ambush in Jalisco state.

At least 15 police officers were killed in an ambush by presumed drug traffickers in one of Mexico’s largest and most important states, officials reported Tuesday.

The prosecutor’s office in Jalisco state confirmed the deadly attack, which it said took place Monday afternoon as a police convoy traveled to Guadalajara, the state capital.

An additional five officers were injured, prosecutors said. It was not clear if there were casualties among the attackers.

This is one of the highest death tolls of government security forces in recent years, and it is the second ambush of police in Jalisco, in west-central Mexico, in less than three weeks. On March 19, five members of an elite force known as the gendarmerie were gunned down while on patrol. SEE MORE…

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