EDUARDO NERI, Mexico – A group of at least 50 gunmen attacked police in the mountains of the southern Mexican state of Guerrero on Wednesday, killing one officer and wounding five others, Guerrero Coordination Group spokesman Roberto Alvarez said.
Emergency services operators started receiving calls at around 7:00 am about an attack on the road that links the Iguala-Chilpancingo federal highway to the mountain community of Filo de Caballos, officials said.
Gunmen stopped the drivers of five compact cars and a van in Xochipala, a community located at the entrance to the mountains, and forced them to get out of the vehicles.
The gunmen then torched the vehicles, completely destroying five of them.
A Guerrero Rural Police patrol car was attacked later between the communities of La Laguna and Los Morros, leaving one officer dead and five others wounded.
Guerrero, one of the poorest and most violent states in Mexico, has been plagued by drug-related violence for years.
Drug traffickers have been fighting for control of smuggling routes in Guerrero, which produces opium poppies used to make heroin.