Mexico police 'arbitrarily executed' 22 people in raid last year: rights body

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Posted: Aug 18, 2016 4:57 PM

MEXICO CITY (Reuters) - Some 22 suspected gang members were "arbitrarily executed" in a confrontation with police in western Mexico last year, Mexico's National Human Rights Commission said on Thursday, in the latest incident of rights abuses by security forces.

In May last year, federal police launched a raid against suspected members of the Jalisco New Generation Cartel holed up in a ranch near the small town of Tanhuato in the violent western state of Michoacan.

At least 42 suspected gang members were killed and one police officer died in the incident in one of the heaviest death tolls in Mexico since President Enrique Pena Nieto took office in December 2012, pledging to put an end to years of gangland violence.

(Reporting by Natalie Schachar; Editing by Sandra Maler)