Police helicopter shot down in western Mexico, killing 4
PUBLISHED Tue, September 06, 2016 - 9:32pm EDT
A police helicopter has crashed in Mexico's western state of Michoacán after it came under fire from members of a criminal group, killing four people, the region's governor says. One police officer survived the crash. (more)
The incident happened on Tuesday afternoon when the helicopter was carrying out a patrol as part of police operations against criminal gangs near the violent city of Apatzingán, which is in a region that serves as a key port for the smuggling of narcotics and chemical precursors used in drug production.
"During the operational action, a helicopter was shot down in an area that is inaccessible by land," said Michoacán Governor Silvano Aureoles. "We lament the deaths of the pilot, three police officers and a police officer who was injured while performing their duties to preserve peace in the state."
Other details about the crash were not immediately available, and there was no word on whether the operation was linked to Mexico's drug war, which has claimed more than 150,000 lives over the past 10 years.
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