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Guaymas, Sonora, Mexico

Updated on 3 July 2019


Cartel gunmen in Sonora carried out two separate attacks within 30 minutes this past

Saturday, 29 June in Empalme into Guaymas. The attacks left five dead, including two police

officers and three civilians. The gunmen wounded an additional three police officers and a

civilian during the two attacks.

On 1 July, approximately 100 members of the newly-formed National Guard arrived in

Guaymas. On 2 July, a third police officer was killed in less than a week. An off-duty officer,

dressed in civilian clothes, was gunned down at a gas station in Guaymas Norte. The agent

was shot more than 10 times.

So far 13 officers have been killed in Sonora this year, with 9 of those in the Empalme-

Guaymas area. Several officers have resigned following the most recent officer execution.

Possible Effects:

  • Increased presence of security forces

  • Indiscriminate shootouts between security forces and criminals, especially to the south and east of Guaymas

Mitigating Factors to Apply:

  • Remain vigilant to quickly changing security situations

  • Allow extra time for travel

  • Listen and follow directions of local law enforcement

  • Dial 911 or Guaymas Municipal Police at +52-622-224-0105 in the event of an emergency

  • Monitor local and social media for updates

  • Enroll in the Safe Traveler program (STEP) to receive warnings from the U.S. Embassy

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