VERACRUZ: Mexican soldiers and police killed 10 Zetas drug cartel suspects in a gunfight on Thursday in the eastern state of Veracruz, authorities said.
A state police officer was wounded in the clash, a Veracruz public security agency official told AFP. The skirmish erupted after security forces were shot at from a house as they searched for a kidnapping gang while driving down an avenue in the city of Perote, the agency said in a statement. “As a result of this clash, nine men and one woman were killed,” the statement said.
The authorities said the suspects were part of a Zetas unit dedicated to kidnapping and one of the cartel’s most dangerous cells. Authorities seized 10 rifles, munitions, shirts with federal police insignias and hats with the shield of an investigative unit, the statement said. Founded by a former elite military troops, the Zetas are known as a vicious gang blamed for much of the violence that has plagued Mexico in recent years. But authorities believe the Zetas have been weakened following blows to their leadership in the past two years. Zetas kingpin Miguel Angel Trevino was captured in the northeastern border state of Tamaulipas in July 2013, while his predecessor, Heriberto Lazcano, was killed in a shootout with troops in October 2012.
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