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Cancun police convoy transporting gang leader attacked

Cancun, Q.R. — A police unit transporting a known criminal gang member was attacked Wednesday in Cancun.

The Attorney General of the State of Quintana Roo reports that on Wednesday at approximately 12:02 p.m., a police unit was attacked by gunfire in the vicinity of the penitentiary in Region 99 of Cancun.

The attack happened when members of the Procedural Police were transferring Raúl N from the Social Reintegration Center to a hospital to receive medical attention for a wound in his right leg. During the transfer, three vehicles approached and its occupants began to shoot.

During the attack, police returned fire, killing two of the gunmen inside one of the vehicles. The other two vehicles sped away. One of those vehicles was later found abandoned in Region 102 in Cancun. State police secured the vehicle that crashed after the occupants were killed. Inside, they found guns, ammo and a radio transmitter.

The attack against the police convoy was a bid to rescue inmate Raúl N, who was shot in the leg in a different attack in May at his residence in Cancun. During that shooting, one man was killed.

After the May shooting, Raúl N was taken into police custody. He is alleged to be the head of a drug selling operation in the Cancun Hotel Zone, however, he is currently being held on homicide charges.

There were no officers reported injured in the Cancun convoy ambush.