A pair of gunbattles in the central Mexico state of Zacatecas left eight men dead, media outlets reported on Sunday.
State prosecutors revealed that vehicles and guns were found at the scene of the shootouts near the town of Valparaiso, which is located near the border with Jalisco state.
Reports claimed that the gunmen may have been killed in turf battles between the Jalisco and Sinaloa cartels. The dead have not yet been identified.
Notably, the shootings late Friday came three days after police discovered three more bodies hung from a highway overpass in Zacatecas, where 10 other bodies were found the previous week, nine of them hanging from an overpass.
Accordingly, the Mexican army has announced that it will send three helicopter gunships to Zacatecas, a weapon that President Andrés Manuel López Obrador has expressly said he no longer wants to use or accept from the United States.
In the first nine months of the year, Mexico recorded more than 25,000 murders, a number 3.4% less than the same period a year earlier, according to federal data.