MEXICO CITY – Six highway patrol officers died on Friday after gunmen opened fire on a checkpoint in the central Mexican city of Salamanca, sources from the Guanajuato state Attorney General’s Office told EFE.
Five officers died on the spot and the other one died en route to the hospital, the sources said.
According to preliminary reports, the highway patrol officers were manning a checkpoint when a group of armed men open fire from a pickup truck.
The officers had no way of defending themselves, as they were not armed.
After the attack, the state and federal police launched an operation to find the culprits.
On Thursday, Maj. Juan Carlos Garcia, from the municipal police of Valle de Santiago, Guanajuato, was killed and his body found on the side of a road.
With the six officers slain on Friday, a total of 34 police officers have been killed in Guanajuato in 2018, a state that is in the midst of a wave of violence linked to organized crime groups.