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Unknown Mexican drug cartel blocks highway with burning cars

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Drug cartels use burning cars to ambush security forces
Using burning cars to block highways is a tactic regularly used by drug cartels to attack security forces.
Gang members armed with high-powered weapons blocked several highways and bridges with burning vehicles in the state of Michoacán and then ambushed security forces that arrived on the scene. The resulting shootouts left 22 gang members and two federal police officers dead and at least 15 federal police officers wounded.

The July 23rd attacks came one day after members of the Knights Templar drug gang shot and killed five members of a community self-defense group who were protesting against the cartel’s violent tactics in the town of Los Reyes, which is also located in the state of Michoacán.

It remains unclear which drug cartel was responsible for the latest incident. Michoacán is one of Mexico’s most violent states due to conflicts among criminal gangs, which also target security forces.



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