The Mexican government has decided to deploy 300 National Guards to El Papayo, a village in the southern state of Guerrero, following the massacre of 13 police officers amidst escalating violence in the region. President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador expressed his condolences for the attack, which occurred in the municipality of Coyuca de Benitez in the Costa Grande region of Guerrero. Various criminal groups and drug cartels are known to operate in the area, where both civilians and police officers have been victims of killings in recent months.
President Lopez Obrador announced the deployment of approximately 300 National Guard members to enhance security in the region. The General Prosecutor’s Office of Guerrero is currently conducting investigations in El Papayo, where the Secretary of Security of Coyuca de Benitez and 12 municipal police officers were ambushed on a federal highway. Local media reported that some of the officers’ bodies were found handcuffed and face down on a mound of dirt, suggesting they were executed after the ambush. Two individuals were also injured during the incident.
Authorities have not provided further details regarding the circumstances of the ambush or the responsible parties. The Costa Grande region witnessed the killing of an alleged leader of the criminal gang Los Arreola in August, which has sparked a wave of violence in the area. Local residents have repeatedly complained about the limited presence of security forces to confront these criminal groups.
Earlier this year, a gunfight in the same region resulted in the deaths of two police officers and three civilians, allegedly at the hands of members of the La Familia Michoacana cartel. According to the local civil organization Causa Comun, which investigates and promotes public policies on security, 341 police officers have been killed in Mexico so far this year. In 2022, at least 403 police officers were reported as victims of violence.