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Hours of terror in San Luis Potosí during confrontation between hitmen and state police

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The drug violence unleashed a night of terror in Matehuala, San Luis Potosí. Late on Monday, a group of hitmen attacked elements of the State Police that patrolled Mariano Vázquez street at the intersection with Ángel Veral in that region.

While the police officers carried out surveillance work, a black Hummer vehicle without license plates blocked the way to the uniformed men. Men dressed in tactical gear and long weapons traveled in the unit. According to information from the state’s Secretary of Public Security, the alleged criminals began firing at the authorities, which sparked a shooting.

In an attempt to flee, the Hummer truck crashed into a heavy truck, resulting in the arrest of Jesús “L”, 32 years old. In addition, inside the vehicle were found an AR-15 .223 caliber firearm, a magazine, 49 useful .223 caliber cartridges, six punched-out rims, 13 percussion caps, a pair of tactical boots and a military-style pixelated trousers .

Hours of terror in San Luis Potosí during confrontation between hitmen and state police
Elements of the SLP state police were attacked by suspected hitmen. The operation left a detainee

The country faces a new crisis due to the resurgence of violence, especially in the north of the country. This Tuesday, in the neighboring state of Zacatecas, eight bodies were found in the municipality of Fresnillo —Three of them hung on a vehicular bridge and the rest in trees. On November 18, under the same conditions, nine bodies were found on a highway in the city of Cuauhtémoc, Zacatecas. The corpses were semi-naked and with signs of torture.

Authorities warn that these murders are signed by two powerful cartels: Sinaloa and Jalisco New Generation (CJNG), the two organizations with the greatest territorial presence and lethal capacity.

Hours of terror in San Luis Potosí during confrontation between hitmen and state police
(Photo: REUTERS / Guillermo Moreno)

The Zacatecan government launched an alert last night due to the risk situation. The administration of David Monreal Avila seeks a security agreement with San Luis Potosí, to reinforce the police presence.

Currently in the border area between Zacatecas and San Luis Potosi Elements of the state police were deployed to prevent criminals from Zacatecas from entering Potosí territory, as has happened on other occasions. On June 23, two SLP police officers woke up suspended on a bridge, after being lifted up by members of organized crime.


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