Confrontation between self-defense groups in southern Mexico leaves 10 dead

Ten members of antagonistic self-defense groups died on Sunday, January 27, 2019 in a clash between the two clans in the Mexican state of Guerrero, one of the most affected by the violence derived from drug trafficking, said the spokesman for Security in the region, Roberto Álvarez

Referential image. 10 people died during a confrontation between self-defense groups in the state of Guerrero, in Mexico.
Referential image. 10 people died during a confrontation between self-defense groups in the state of Guerrero, in Mexico.

"Members of two groups of armed civilians who call themselves community policemen (self-defense groups) faced gunfire this Sunday, on the road that leads to the community of Paraíso de Tepila, municipality of Chilapa, with a balance of 10 people deprived of life and two injured, "the spokesman said in a statement.

After the confrontation, the state police found on the scene of the events "two trucks that presented multiple shots of firearms and inside the bodies of 10 people without life," he added. The wounded were taken by locals to a hospital in the area, Álvarez concluded.

Guerrero is one of the most violent states in Mexico, in which autonomous criminal cells emerged from drug cartels that have been decimated in recent years but that seek to recompose and seize more routes for the transfer of drugs, such as in Chilapa. To counteract them, locals have created self-defense groups.

According to official figures, violence linked to drug trafficking has left more than 200,000 violent deaths in Mexico since December 2006, when the federal government launched a controversial military anti-drug operation. The statistics do not detail how many cases would be linked to organized crime.