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Mexican Federales bag 2 bad guys in Zacatecas

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By Chris Covert

A Mexican Policia Federal (PF) patrol killed two armed suspects and wounded two others in an exchange of gunfire in Guadalupe municipality in Zacatecas state Tuesday evening.

According to accounts posted on the websites of El Sol de Zacatecas and El Sol de Mexico, the PF patrol observed armed suspects travelling aboard a Volkswagen Jetta sedan on calle Olvido in Margaritas colony near Unidad Academica de Odontologia at 1900 hrs, and signalled the driver to stop.

Instead, the occupants opened fire on the unit, so police agents returned fire, killing two and wounding two. Two PF agents were wounded in the encounter. Police agents found metal stars in the vehicle which are used to puncture tires.

El Sol de Zacatecas also reported that a Ford Lobo (F-150) was found in San Ramon colony late Tuesday night with a dead suspect inside.

In other news, armed suspects attacked the police headquarters of Jerez municipality Wednesday morning. Armed suspects aboard a pickup truck fired their weapons against the facade of the building.

El Sol de Zacatecas reported in that incident one municipal police agent was wounded in the attack and another individual was kidnapped.

A subsequent Policia Estatal Preventiva (PEP) operation encountered a nine vehicle convoy on the Jerez-Zacatecas road following the attack. Apparently all but three vehicles of the convoy escaped, leaving one unidentified female detained.

In a possibly related incident, the Zacatecas state Secretaria de Seguridad Publica (SSP) and the director of the state Policia Estatal Preventiva were injured when the helicopter they were riding in crashed near Zacatecas city Wednesday morning.

Generals Jesus Pinto Ortiz (SSP) and Victor Manuel Bosque (PEP) are reportedly out of danger. The helicopter was being dispatched to Jerez when a mechanical failure forced the bird down.

Chris Covert writes Mexican Drug War and national political news for
Posted by:badanov

#6  I routinely edit out those characters in place and proper names since they are unnecessary. I didn't catch that one until RJ pointed it out.
Posted by: badanov   2012-05-17 19:58  

#5  What is this symbol? �
Normally I have seen it when the article is submitted in an unusual character set, say 'Cyrillic (ISO-8859-5)', and the browser gets confused.
My Firefox is set on 'Western (ISO-8859-1)" and it doesn't like the "Ae" character... IIRC, I switched to this setting some time ago when some Rantburg articles on the Mexican Drug War looked like cypher-text...
Posted by: magpie   2012-05-17 16:28  

#4  One of the nice things about Rantburg is that there's always someone who knows the answer. Thank you for explaining, try this. :-)
Posted by: trailing wife   2012-05-17 08:20  

#3  In Spanish, diacritical marks are used with vowels and the N. Some browsers cannot recognize the diacritical marks and uses this symbol in its place
Posted by: try this   2012-05-17 07:47  

#2  What browser are you using, Redneck Jim? Apparently this matters for figuring out what happened.
Posted by: trailing wife   2012-05-17 07:22  

#1  What is this symbol?

It's new here.
Posted by: Redneck Jim   2012-05-17 02:25