After a confrontation with members of the National Guard in Aguililla, warring cartels in Michoacán torched vehicles and blocked highways in five municipalities.
Authorities on Friday reported 11 roads blocked by vehicles, some of which were set on fire, in the Tierra Caliente region. The affected municipalities were Apatzingán, Buenavista, Parácuaro, Tepalcatepec and Aguililla.
All 11 roadblocks have been lifted and roads reopened, authorities said. Authorities added that they were the cartels’ response to state police security operations.
The confrontation in Aguililla involved a shootout between the National Guard and members of the Jalisco Next Generation Cartel (CJNG), and resulted in the CJNG burning two vehicles to prevent more security forces from entering the area, according to the newspaper. the universal reported. It is not yet known whether there were any casualties.
The National Guard and State Police were also attacked with sticks and stones by residents of El Terrero, a community in Buenavista. Then around noon, groups of suspected cartel members began blocking the roads from Apatzingán to Buenavista, Parácuaro, Tapalcatepec and Aguililla.
CJNG rival Cárteles Unidos blocked roads at seven locations in Apatzingán, Buenavista and Parácuaro. In Apatzingán, a store was set on fire by a group of armed individuals who threatened to burn other commercial buildings.
Later that day, violence spread to the state capital of Morelia, where three cars were set on fire, including a police vehicle.
The Tierra Caliente region has become the epicenter of a cartel war in recent months, forcing families from at least a dozen communities in the municipalities of Aguililla and Buenavista to flee the violence.
Sources: the universal (sp)