Crime and Violence

12-hour gunfight between military officers and an armed commando leaves 7 dead and 7 injured

08/31/10 – The Secretariat of National Defense (Secretaría de la Defensa Nacional –Sedena) reported the death of six gunmen and one soldier, as well as the injury of five other soldiers and six gunmen as the result of a twelve-hour gunfight between elements of the Mexican Army and an armed commando.

The confrontation occurred at 21:00 hours on Sunday in Pánuco, Veracruz, after officers of the Nineteenth Military Zone were shot at and attacked with grenades as they approached a building they believed to be in use by organized crime located in the alley of Manuel Acuña.

As soon as the military forces were able to neutralize the aggressors they entered the house and detained the six gunmen who had survived and who they found. The military officers also seized eleven AK-47, an AR-15 rifle, a 9mm machine gun, two 0.9-caliber pistols, and three vehicles, one of which was armored.

García, Dennis A. “Balacera de 15 horas deja siete muertos y ocho heridos.” La Cronica de Hoy. 31 Agosto, 2010.
Mosso, Rubén, Isabel Zamudio. “Sicarios y Ejército chocan por 12 horas en Pánuco.” Milenio. 31 Agosto, 2010.

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