Police killed in airport gunfight shot by drug racket cops
Rogue cops were running drugs-trafficking operation of out Mexico City international airport
THREE Mexican police officers killed in a spectacular shoot-out at Mexico City's Benito Juarez airport were likely killed by fellow policemen running a drug-trafficking operation out of the international airport.
According to the Mexican newspaper El Universal, two suspected drug-traffickers who fled the scene on Monday were caught on airport security cameras and identified as federal police officers.
Jose Ramon Salinas of the Public Security Secretariat told El Universal that the men involved had been "completely identified" as serving officers and said "intelligence units are getting close to finding and arresting them".
It is understood the rogue police officers were involved in the racket with other public servants from various government agencies also working in the airport's Terminal 2.
The gunfight, which saw civilians fleeing to dodge the bullets according to the Los Angeles Times, began in the Terminal 2 food hall after police investigating the drug smuggling operation moved in to arrest the suspects. Two federal officers were killed during the incident, with a third later dying from his injuries.
"Seeing themselves surrounded by federal police, [the suspects] fired on police," an official statement released by authorities said.
Despite the Western perception of Mexico as a crime-riddled country, much of the violence in the country's brutal six-year-long drug war that has claimed almost 50,000 lives takes place outside of the 20m-population capital, which has a murder rate lower than American cities such as Washington DC and New Orleans.
However the airport has been a hotbed of smuggling activities, with more than 440lb of cocaine being found by authorities there during the last year - twice the previous year's amount - and more than 180 people being arrested.