/ Modified oct 17, 2019 10:38 a.m.

Shootout in southern Mexico leaves 15 dead

The shootout took place on a highway in the state of Guerrero, known for rising crime in recent years.

MEXICO CITY — Fifteen people were killed during a shootout Tuesday in southern Mexico. According to the Mexican government, the deadly shots were fired while the military repelled aggressions.

One soldier and 14 alleged criminals died during a shootout on a highway in Guerrero, the state known for the iconic city of Acapulco but also for rising crime in recent years.

The Mexican government said an army convoy patrolling the area was attacked by organized criminals. Authorities confiscated 19 fire weapons from the crime scene.

Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador said the shootout is the result of a violence problem that grew under previous administrations.

The president called on criminals to stop using weapons and said his government has made significant progress bringing safety to Mexico.

Fronteras Desk
This story is from the Fronteras Desk, a collaboration of Southwestern public radio stations, including NPR 89.1. Read more from the Fronteras Desk.
By posting comments, you agree to our
AZPM encourages comments, but comments that contain profanity, unrelated information, threats, libel, defamatory statements, obscenities, pornography or that violate the law are not allowed. Comments that promote commercial products or services are not allowed. Comments in violation of this policy will be removed. Continued posting of comments that violate this policy will result in the commenter being banned from the site.

By submitting your comments, you hereby give AZPM the right to post your comments and potentially use them in any other form of media operated by this institution.
AZPM is a service of the University of Arizona and our broadcast stations are licensed to the Arizona Board of Regents who hold the trademarks for Arizona Public Media and AZPM. We respectfully acknowledge the University of Arizona is on the land and territories of Indigenous peoples.
The University of Arizona