Two Mexican federal police officers and one emergency medical technician were killed on Thursday night in Juarez when a Mexican gang rammed a car bomb into two police patrol trucks.
The blast also injured at least nine other people. The attack happened at the intersection of 16 de Septiembre and Bolivia streets. The federal Public Safety Department said the brazen attack was apparently retaliation by the La Linea drug gang for the arrest of one its top leaders, Jesus Acosta Guerrero, earlier in the day.
Police said Acosta Guerrero, 35, was the “operations leader” of the la Linea gang, which works for the Juarez drug cartel.
It said he was responsible for at least 25 executions, mainly of rival gang members, and also ordered attacks on police.
More than 1,400 people have been killed in drug violence in Chihuahua state, most of them in Ciudad Juarez.
There have been more than 23,000 killings throughout the country linked to drug violence since President Felipe Calderon deployed thousands of soldiers and federal agents to drug hotspots in late 2006.
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