At least nine suspected drug cartel members have been killed along with a brave cop in a deadly shootout in Mexico.

Police said that the Jalisco New Generation Cartel (CJNG) made five separate attacks on Monday in Villagran and Celya.

The CJNG has become the country’s dominant gang and traffics huge quantities of drugs into the US.

Local media reports that eight gangsters were killed, and another found dead inside a truck, following the gunfight.

A state police officer later did in hospital, according to reports.

Soldiers and National Guard officers scrambled to back up police as they were ambushed near Santa Rosa De Lima, a cartel stronghold.

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At least nine gang members were killed and a police officer murdered

Swathes of armed gangsters attacked law enforcement in vans, SUVs and pickup trucks.

There were a total of five firefights with police confiscating guns, grenades and Molotov cocktails.

They also discovered 47 doses of crystal meth and signs with messages targeted at an unidentified criminal group, Mexico News Daily reported.

Following the first attack, in which a police officer was murdered, reinforcements were brought in and subsequently attacked three more times near San Salvador Torrecillas.

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Law enforcement scrambled to the clashes

Armed gangsters jumped from a pickup truck and fled into farmland following the first shootout.

A second and third attack followed while the National Guard was attacked by two SUVs packed with drug runners.

An officer was shot in the leg during that ambush but is not thought to be in a critical condition.

On the highway between Celaya and Villagran, officers stopped a truck in a final battle that led to several arrests.

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Weapons and Molotov cocktails were confiscated in the wake of the shootout

Diego Since Rodriguez Vallejo, a local governor, responded to the brutal attacks on Twitter.

He paid tribute to the officer who was killed and called for more to be done.

On Twitter, he said: "I deeply regret the murder of local deputy Juan Antonio Acosta Cano and strongly condemn these events, I call on the Attorney General to clarify this case and bring those responsible to justice."

It has been reported that the shootouts initially started as CJNG gunmen attacked rivals from an unnamed group.

Last month, a politician was gunned down at a Mexican beach resort – with the CJNG thought to be behind the attack.

The CJNG, led by Nemesio "El Mencho" Oseguera Cervantes, a former ally of Chapo, operates in at least 35 states across Mexico and Puerto Rico.

The cartel has reportedly been experimenting with drone warfare since 2017.