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Four arrested in death of six state police officers

Zihuatanejo, Guerrero — Four men suspected as belonging to a criminal group have been arrested in the deaths of six police officers.

The Secretary of Public Security of Guerrero, Pedro Almazan Cervantes, reported that four members of a criminal group were arrested as those presumed responsible for the murder of six state policemen, which occurred last Tuesday in the municipality of Zihuatanejo.

At a press conference, the police chief explained that at approximately 6:30 p.m. on Friday, elements of the State Police of the Operational Coordination of the Costa Grande Region in coordination with personnel of the Special Forces Unit of this Secretariat, arrested four men.

The four were arrested after being found consuming alcoholic beverages on a public road. The four are suspected of killing six state policemen earlier this week. Almazan Cervantes said that at the time of the arrest, the men were all found carrying weapons used exclusively by the Mexican Armed Forces. They were also found in possession of drugs and tactical equipment.

Those arrested were Fidel Ángel,  José Juan, Miguel Ángel Baltazar and José Ángel.

Almazan Cervantes said that these four individuals, in addition to belonging to the same group that likely killed state police elements this week, are also linked to various murders and acts of extortion in the tourist corridor of Ixtapa-Zihuatanejo.

The operation resulted in the seizure of three AK-47 rifles, a .223 mm multi-gun rifle, eight chargers and 345 cartridges of different calibers, as well as 50 plastic bags of marijuana.

The men were taken to the Prosecutor’s Office in Acapulco.