Mexico Deploys Soldiers to Province Where 13 Police Officers were Shot

Published: 26 October 2023

Mexico Police CriminalGangsMembers of the National Guard were sent to assist in Coyuca de Benitez, in the state of Guerrero, President Andrés Manuel López Obrador confirmed. (Photo: Ted McGrath, Flickr, License)

By Lieth Carrillo

Following the ambush and massacre of 13 police officers on Monday, the Mexican Government has deployed approximately 300 soldiers to the state of Guerrero in southwestern Mexico, where criminal gangs have been vying for dominance for years.

Among the victims were the security secretary and the police director of the city of Coyuca de Benítez, Guerrero. Anonymous sources told Reuters that these officials were lured to a location on the Acapulco-Zihuatanejo highway by a false report of a shootout.

"The State Attorney General's Office has initiated an investigation against the person or persons responsible for the crime of homicide by firearm, resulting in the deaths of thirteen individuals and attempted homicide involving two individuals who were injured, in relation to the events that transpired today in the municipality of Coyuca de Benitez," as stated by the Guerrero’s Attorney General's Office.

The Government of Coyuca de Benítez expressed gratitude for the presence of the State and Municipal Police, who, in collaboration with the Army, the Navy, and the National Guard, are working to restore and ensure the tranquility of the local communities.

This incident is not the first attack on public officials recently. In mid-September, the Guerrero Prosecutor's Office reported an attack on Deputy Prosecutor Alejandro Hernandez Mendoza and Director of Investigation Rafael Sosa Lagunas. They were leaving the Prosecutor's Office parking lot in the state capital at night when they were assaulted with firearms.

Reuters reported that criminal groups have been vying for control over the lucrative opium poppy trade and other smuggling routes passing through the region.

On the same Monday, in Michoacán, five civilians were killed during a failed attack against the brother of the mayor of the municipality of Tacámbaro de Codallos, Ricardo Moriya. The attack also resulted in injuries to three people, two of whom were policemen.