By Paulina Villegas, New York Times, 3/20/2015
A new, elite federal police unit intended to be a premiere force against drug gangs suffered its biggest loss this week when five members were killed in an ambush, federal officials said Friday, raising questions among analysts about the unit’s training. The ambush, in Jalisco State on Thursday, left five other people dead, including two civilian bystanders and three of the presumed attackers, officials said. The officers belonged to the Gendarmerie, a 5,000-officer division of the federal police formed last year by President Enrique Peña Nieto to go after organized-crime groups hurting economic interests in various trouble spots in an effort to ease foreign investors’ concerns about safety. The officers were in a convoy patrolling an industrial corridor in Ocotlan when they came under gunfire from more than a dozen vehicles. It was unclear what prompted the attack.