Ciudad Victoria, Mexico: Police killed eight gunmen who attacked them on a road in northern Mexico on Monday and they seized six high-caliber rifles and a grenade launcher after the shootout, authorities said.
The federal officers were on patrol on a road in the town of San Fernando, in the violence-plagued state of Tamaulipas, when armed civilians arrived in two pick-up trucks and opened fire, a regional security task force said in a statement.
“While repelling the attack in self-defense, the federal police killed eight assailants,” the Tamaulipas Coordination Group said in a statement, adding that the gunmen have yet to be identified.
A police car was left with several bullet holes but none of the officers were hurt.
The six rifles and grenade launchers were found in the two pickups along with cartridges of various calibers and a smaller gun.
San Fernando is known as the municipality where 72 migrants, most from Central America, were slaughtered by the Zetas drug cartel in August 2010.
Tamaulipas, which borders the US state of Texas, is among the most violent in Mexico, with the Gulf cartel also wreaking havoc in the region.