6 policemen killed in armed attack in northern Mexico

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Six policemen were killed Sunday in northern Mexico after armed men in armored trucks attacked them, authorities announced in the province of Nuevo Leon, which is witnessing violence linked to drug trafficking.

The confrontations took place at night, when armed unknowns, who were in about ten armored trucks, targeted the police, “and their number exceeded the number of our colleagues,” according to the county’s Security Affairs Department in a statement posted on Facebook.

The statement added that six policemen were killed and four others wounded, without clarifying whether the attackers belonged to a criminal organization that wreaks havoc in the border region with the United States.

Mexico has been witnessing a cycle of violence that has resulted in the deaths of at least 340,000 people, most of them in operations attributed to organized crime, since 2006, when a controversial military operation against drugs was launched.

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