8 killed in gun battle in Mexico City
Mexican military forces killed the suspected leader of a drug gang and seven others in southern Mexico City Thursday, authorities said.
The mid-day shootout and roadblocks of burning buses apparently set up to foil authorities’ advance created a scene that is common in other Mexican cities in the grasp of cartels, but rare in the capital.
Mexico’s Navy said in a statement that its sailors were supporting federal authorities investigating a gang of street-level drug dealers when they came under fire. Sailors in full battle gear maintained a perimeter of several blocks.
The gang operated in the Tlahuac and Iztapalapa districts on the city’s south and east sides, where it dealt drugs, and carried out kidnappings, extortion and murder, the Navy said.
The Navy only identified the leader as Felipe de Jesus “N″ and did not name the gang. But local media called him “El Ojos” and said he led the “Tlahuac cartel.”
Mexico City Mayor Miguel Angel Mancera, an aspirant to the presidency and prolific user of social media, had not commented on the incident Thursday evening. He did retweet a heavy rain warning for the same neighborhoods the gang allegedly dominated.
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