Nayarit steps up security after shootings in Jalsico

The Nayarit government protected its access from Jalisco to prevent suspected criminals who might try to enter its territory after clashes between police and armed individuals in Tlajomulco de Zúñiga, Jalisco, near the Nayarit border, as reported by the Secretary of Public Security of the State (SSPE).

The agency added, through a communiqué, that state and municipal security elements, both from the state Attorney General’s Office and from the Municipal Police of Bahía de Banderas, Ixtlán del Río and Amatlán de Cañas, installed checkpoints and control in strategic places, especially in the border areas.

Two policemen and two alleged criminals died Friday in armed clashes in Tlajomulco, a suburb of Guadalajara, in western Mexico, local authorities reported.

“There are two people who died, who were shooting and throwing grenades at police forces,” said Gerardo Octavio Solis, the state prosecutor of Jalisco, whose capital is Guadalajara.

The shooting broke out near a school in broad daylight when local police chased the individuals who had shot dead, moments before, a prosecutor in front of his house.

Almost simultaneously, in another attack, another policeman of the prosecution office was shot to death inside his house in the same area.

“There was a shoot-out, there was a strong exchange of gunfire,” the prosecutor added.

The state of Jalisco is considered one of the most violent in Mexico due to the presence of the Nueva Generación cartel, which has gained great strength in recent years.

From January to May this year there were 949 violent deaths in Jalisco, 379 more than in the same period last year, according to official figures.

On March 1, the federal government deployed 1,400 military elements to step up surveillance in the state.

Since December 2006, when the federal government launched a military anti-drug operation, more than 250,000 homicides have been recorded in Mexico, according to official figures that do not detail how many cases would be linked to organized crime.

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