zacatecas.– The coordinator of the National Guard in Zacatecas, General José Silvestre Urzúa Padilla, died yesterday during a confrontation with criminals in the Municipality of Pinos, 20 kilometers from the border with San Luis Potosí.
The attack by armed civilians against security elements occurred in the communities of Pedregoso, Jaltomate and El Carmen, adjacent to the Zacatecan municipality of Loreto.
According to local reports, Urzúa Padilla died in a hospital after being transferred in a helicopter from the Ministry of Public Security to receive emergency medical attention.
The scuffle in which the military commander was killed also left three National Guardsmen and two agents of the Investigative Police of the Zacatecas Prosecutor’s Office injured. In addition, the death of at least five suspected criminals was reported.
The National Guard said in a statement that General Urzúa died during a joint operation against organized crime.
The death of the military command occurs in the midst of an unprecedented wave of violence in the state.
Only between January and October of this year, 790 intentional homicides were registered in the entity, the third with the highest murder rate in the country, only below Colima and Baja California, according to figures from the Executive Secretariat of the National System of Public Security (SESNSP).
Zacatecas is the entity with the highest number of police officers killed, with 48 cases of uniformed officers killed so far this year, according to the registry made by the civil organization Causa en Común. The figure exceeds that of entities such as Guanajuato (46). , Michoacán (24), Guerrero (24), and Veracruz (22).
According to authorities, the battle for control of the entity by criminal groups such as the Jalisco Nueva Generación Cartel, the Sinaloa Cartel and others have caused a bloodbath in the entity.
Causa en Común reports 41 massacres –the murder of three or more people in the same violent act– between January and October of this year in Zacatecas; 28 cases in which the body of the victims was mutilated, dismembered or the corpse was destroyed; 22 homicides of children and adolescents, and 30 cases of murders of women with extreme brutality.