Relatives of Mexican gang members say they were executed by police

Mexican Police officer with machine gun by flickr user dream2life07/04/2017 Reuters

Relatives of 17 suspected gang members killed last week by police in northwest Mexico fear the death toll reflects a grim, repeated complaint in recent years – summary executions by security forces.

The 17 men, who authorities said were armed with 24 guns, were killed by police near the coastal city of Mazatlan in the state of Sinaloa on Friday night. Another two people died nearby in what appeared to be related shootings, the state attorney general’s office said.

None of the suspects in the gun battle were found wounded or arrested.

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