Mexican army patrol attacked after arresting suspects

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MEXICO CITY — A Mexican army patrol was surrounded and attacked in the city of Altar, Mexico’s president said Monday.

Altar, about 100 kilometers south of Sasabe, Arizona, has long been known as an immigrant smuggling base and is reportedly controlled by a faction of the Sinaloa Cartel.

President Andrés Manuel López Obrador said soldiers arrested three criminal suspects on Sunday but were quickly surrounded by 10 or 15 pickup trucks and 60 gunmen.

The attackers outnumbered the soldiers ten to one, said Lopez Obrador.

He said the attackers offered the soldiers $500,000 to free one of the arrested suspects and when the soldiers refused, a shootout broke out and one soldier was killed.

Videos posted to social media by altar residents showed raging gunfire, apparently including the sounds of automatic weapon fire.

Sonora Gov. Alfonso Durazo wrote on his social media accounts that four suspects had been arrested on gun charges. Mexican army patrol attacked after arresting suspects

Dustin Huang

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