A clash between gunmen and National Guard soldiers in the Mexican state of Michoacan left at least two guards injured
MEXICO CITY – A clash between gunmen and National Guard soldiers in the Mexican state of Michoacan has left at least two wounded among the guards, officials said on Wednesday.
The shooting took place near one of the entrances to the town of Tepalcatepec, about 565 kilometers west of Mexico City. Members of the army arrived in support because “various members of the National Guard found themselves surrounded,” according to Michoacan state police.
A resident of Tepalcatepec, who requested anonymity for security reasons, said the fighting began on Tuesday afternoon near the municipal landfill. “You could hear the gunshots from the house,” he said. “They didn’t stop all night, but at the moment National Guard reinforcements have arrived.”
The National Guard confirmed that two members were injured in the fighting. He said the shooting started while on patrol.
Authorities had not said which armed group was involved, but the Jalisco New Generation cartel has been the organized crime group that has pushed the hardest to take control of the state in recent months. Other local criminal groups clashed with them as well, under the name United Cartels.
There are also self-defense forces that have taken up arms against the cartels. The stew of armed groups has left some towns trapped between warring groups and made hundreds of disappearances.
“We have had daily clashes for about two weeks on the landfill side and because of that there is a lot of garbage that you cannot get rid of,” the resident said. “They come this way because it’s an entrance to town and they come with their monsters,” he said, referring to the trucks with home-made armor that the cartels use.
Organized crime has at times cut off towns as they besieged and attacked government forces, even with drones loaded with explosives.