A shootout between suspected drug traffickers and police in a Mexican town near the US border left at least 14 dead, including four officers.
The confrontation erupted before noon in Villa Union in the northern state of Coahuila when officers detected several vehicles and heavily armed passengers touring the small community, which is roughly 60 kilometres (40 miles) from the US border.
According to Coahuila Governor, Miguel Angel Riquelme, said that Four of those killed were police, seven were suspected criminals and another three unidentified bodies were found nearby on a rural road.
“Six officers were also injured but not serious and they had already been discharged from hospital,”Riquelme said.
A Governnent official said: “An unspecified number of people — including a child were also missing.”
In the same vein, A Local authorities said that twelve trucks were seized in the operation, as well as several high-calibre weapons and an unspecified load of ammunition.
The attack comes after Mexico’s leader Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador warned he would not allow the US to conduct cross-border armed operations against drug cartels in the country, after President Donald Trump said that he planned to designate Mexican drug hangs as terrorist organizations.
The US president has been talking tough on the powerful drug cartels since one was allegedly responsible for the massacre of nine women and children from a US-Mexican Mormon community in northern Mexico on November 4.