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3 police killed in Mexican region plagued by oil theft

AP  |  Mexico City 

Armed assailants killed three police officers in a region of eastern plagued by thefts of fuel from oil pipelines, authorities said.

Police in the municipality of in state said the local officers were hit by gunfire while riding in a patrol vehicle yesterday. They were in an area where three days earlier authorities mounted an operation targeting "huachicoleros," or thieves who steal fuel by drilling into pipelines run by company

Local authorities say the latest report indicates there are 551 clandestine fuel theft perforations detected in Veracruz, 70 percent of them in the region.

In Mexico's southern state of Guerrero, four people were killed when gunmen fired on their vehicle on a rural road in the township of Coyuca de Benitez, said yesterday.

Alvarez said three victims, including a 17-year-old boy, died at the scene and an 11-year-old boy died later at a hospital Tuesday night. The victims were from the community of Tepetixtla.

In the northern border city of in Tamaulipas state, gunmen believed to be members of an organised crime group attacked a team of investigators and experts from the looking into forced disappearances.

told Radio Formula yesterday that the attack two days earlier was aimed at three investigative police officers and seven experts from the

In May, the for Human Rights called on to take urgent measures to stop a wave of forced disappearances in and surrounding areas.

The UN office documented the disappearance of 23 people there since the start of February, likely at the hands of security forces. Human rights groups put the number of disappeared much higher.

Videos aired by of the Monday attack showed an intense gunbattle that spread panic among the population. Military personnel guarding the agents repelled the attack.

said four people were wounded and one killed in the shootout. All were civilians except for one of the injured, who was a soldier.

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First Published: Thu, July 12 2018. 08:10 IST