Gunmen on Wednesday killed six police officers in a northern Mexican state where rival gangs are vying for drug-trafficking routes, authorities said.
Five of the officers were shot dead while practicing at a sports center in Calera de Victor Rosales, the Zacatecas state government said.
Two other law enforcement officials were shot after arriving at the scene shortly after, one of them dead, according to a statement.
Zacatecas Governor David Monreal condemned what he called “a cowardly attack” and offered condolences to the families, friends and colleagues of the victims.
Violence has increased in recent years in Zacatecas, with experts citing the war between Sinaloa and the Jalisco New Generation gang for control of lucrative drug smuggling routes to the United States.
In January, 10 bodies were found in an abandoned sports utility vehicle in front of the governor’s residence in the Zacatecas state capital.
Across the country, more than 340,000 people have been killed in a wave of bloodshed since the government deployed the army to fight drug cartels in 2006.
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