Security strengthened in Sierra de Guerrero after alleged clashes

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According to the residents of “El Naranjo”, this Wednesday armed men began to face gunfire until they reached their town

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They reinforce security in the Sierra de Guerrero after alleged confrontations. PHOTO Darkroom

Inhabitants of the municipality of Leonardo Bravo, in the Sierra de Guerrero, alerted the authorities to alleged clashes in the region, between criminal groups that dispute the poppy production.

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According to the residents of “El Naranjo”, a town located one hour from the municipal seat of Leonardo Bravo, this Wednesday armed men began to face gunshots until they reached their town.

Yes there was the shooting. They went down here, but we don't even know who they are, “said the inhabitant of‘ El Naranjo ’.

The inhabitants indicated that they do not know the armed civilians who broke into their town and that the only thing they could do was take shelter.

Now, more than anything, we don't know who they are or anything. We only heard the bullets then and throw yourself. We don't even know why, “said another inhabitant.

Last Tuesday, a group of 20 families left different towns towards the municipal seat of Leonardo Bravo to demand more security from the authorities.

The protesters installed a blockade at the exit of Chichihualco towards the community of Tepozonalco where they still remain.

Displaced families remain housed in the homes of relatives they have in Chichihualco, the municipal seat of Leonardo Bravo, because they fear returning to their homes.

This Thursday, the government of Guerrero reported that it implemented a security operation in the state sierra, after the confrontations reported by inhabitants of Leonardo Bravo.

The operation is made up of elements of the National Guard, The Secretariat of National Defense, State Police and Attorney General of the state of Guerrero.

Derived from phone calls received at the emergency line 911, in which they warned of the possibility that armed clashes were taking place in various communities. They moved to said towns and after giving security coverage to the area, they could not confirm the existence of people deprived of life or injured by a firearm, “emphasized Roberto Álvarez Heredia, spokesman for the Guerrero Coordination Group.

The joint deployment remains in the municipal seat of Leonardo Bravo to deter new acts of violence in the area.

This Thursday no new confrontations were reported.

The municipality of Leonardo Bravo is located about two hours from Chilpancingo in the Central region of the state of Guerrero.

With information from Janosik García

KAH