Fourteen police officers have been killed and three injured in a shooting in western Mexico. The police were carrying out a court order in El Aguaje, Michoacán state, when their convoy was ambushed.
A powerful criminal group, the Jalisco Nueva Generación Cartel, is believed to have carried out the attack.
Police patrol vehicles were ambushed as they passed through the town. The convoy was surrounded by heavily armed men in a number of pick-up trucks who then fired on the officers and set their vehicles on fire.
At least 14 police officers were killed and three others injured.
El Aguaje is considered to be of strategic importance between two battling cartels — the Jalisco Nueva Generación Cartel (CJNG) and a splinter group of the Knights Templar called Los Viagras.
A message left at the site suggested the attack was carried out by gunmen connected to the CJNG. The supposed leader of the CJNG was killed by Michoacán police less than a week ago.
Authorities hoping to find those who were responsible for the ambush.
The Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador has been trying to tackle drug crime since he took office last December. Despite his government’s efforts to tackle drug crime, last year saw a record number of murders with over 29,000 recorded. The worse still, this year could be set to surpass that figure.