Mexico keeps 12 police officers in jail in ambush of US vehicle

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MEXICO CITY — Mexican authorities on Monday ordered 12 federal police officers to remain jailed as a criminal probe deepened into why they ambushed a U.S. Embassy vehicle last week in a hail of bullets that left two Americans wounded.

Attorney General Marisela Morales said that a court had accepted a request that the officers be kept in jail for 40 days, a key step toward filing criminal charges.

The detentions came in the ambush Friday of an armored Toyota SUV belonging to the U.S. Embassy, carrying two U.S. Embassy employees and a Mexican navy captain to a naval installation about 35 miles south of the capital.

The ambush underscored possible criminal connections of the federal police, a force of some 35,000 officers that U.S. officials have helped vet and train as a key force against brutal organized gangs.

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