A series of coordinated attacks in at least seven Mexican cities killed three federal police officers and two soldiers Saturday in what officials are calling an unprecedented onslaught by drug gangs, reports said.
In addition, six police officers were reportedly wounded. The attacks reportedly were in retribution for the recent capture of a high-ranking member of the drug gang La Familia Michoacana. Men armed with high-powered rifles and grenades launched the attacks in the cities of Morelia, Zitacuaro, Zamora, Lazaro Cardenas, Apatzingan, La Piedad and Huetamo in Michoacán state, the government-run Notimex news agency said. The three officers were killed in Zitacuaro, police official Eduardo Moran told CNN en Español. The two soldiers were killed in Zamora, the newspaper El Universal reported on its Web site. The six officers were wounded in Morelia, the newspaper said.