Six Mexican Police Officers Shot Dead In Suspected Cartel Attack

Six police officers have been shot dead in northern Mexico following a violent attack by suspected drug cartel members as violent clashes to control lucrative drug trafficking routes to the United States intensify.

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The officers were carrying out training exercises when they were attacked by suspected by cartel members

The Zacatecas state government said that five of the officers were shot dead while training at a sports centre in Calera de Victor Rosales.

Two more officers who arrived at the scene shortly afterward were also shot, one of whom died at the scene.

Cartel violence in Zacatecas has risen dramatically over the last few years due to an ongoing turf war between the Jalisco New Generation, and Sinaloa drug cartels as they battle for control of lucrative drug smuggling routes to the United States.

Zacatecas Governor David Monreal said: "I express my condolences to the families, friends, and colleagues of the police officers who unfortunately lost their lives today in a cowardly attack in the municipality of Calera. I have instructed the Peace Building Table to act with opportunity and efficiency to deal with the culpits.

"Those who are at the forefront of the strategy to bring peace to the Zacatecans have all the support of the government. In this one, as in all cases of violence that attempt against integrity, we will do whatever is necessary for justice to prevail.

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