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Attack in western Mexico leaves police officers wounded in latest clash with criminal gangs

  • Map locates the state of Jalisco, Mexico.; 1c x 3 inches; 46.5 mm x 76 mm;

    Map locates the state of Jalisco, Mexico.; 1c x 3 inches; 46.5 mm x 76 mm;  (The Associated Press)

  • Federal police stand next to a bullet riddled and burned car after a criminal gang ambushed a police convoy near the town of Soyatlan, near Puerto Vallarta, Mexico, Monday, April 6, 2015. According to the Jalisco state prosecutors office, at least 15 state policed officers were killed and five others wounded, the single deadliest attack on Mexican police in recent memory. (AP Photo)

    Federal police stand next to a bullet riddled and burned car after a criminal gang ambushed a police convoy near the town of Soyatlan, near Puerto Vallarta, Mexico, Monday, April 6, 2015. According to the Jalisco state prosecutors office, at least 15 state policed officers were killed and five others wounded, the single deadliest attack on Mexican police in recent memory. (AP Photo)  (The Associated Press)

  • Handcuffs, a boot and some keys lay on the ground at the site where a criminal gang ambushed a police convoy near the town of Soyatlan, near Puerto Vallarta, Mexico, Tuesday, April 7, 2015. The fatal attack happened late Monday as the convoy traveled on a rural road between the Pacific coast resort of Puerto Vallarta and Guadalajara, the state capital, the Jalisco state prosecutors' office said. (AP Photo)

    Handcuffs, a boot and some keys lay on the ground at the site where a criminal gang ambushed a police convoy near the town of Soyatlan, near Puerto Vallarta, Mexico, Tuesday, April 7, 2015. The fatal attack happened late Monday as the convoy traveled on a rural road between the Pacific coast resort of Puerto Vallarta and Guadalajara, the state capital, the Jalisco state prosecutors' office said. (AP Photo)  (The Associated Press)

An attack on a police convoy in the western Mexico state of Jalisco has left at least some officers wounded, marking the latest in a growing series of confrontations between law enforcement and criminal gangs.

The Jalisco state prosecutors' office did not say how many officers were wounded in the shootout late Monday in a rural area.

Some local media reported as many as 15 dead. The prosecutors' office could not confirm those accounts Tuesday.

On March 19, gunmen in Jalisco ambushed a federal police convoy, killing five officers. On March 30, gunmen ambushed and tried to kill the state security commissioner.

Jalisco is home to a powerful drug cartel known as "Jalisco New Generation." Prosecutors would not say whether that gang was involved in the attack.