Thursday, 6 July 2017

Mexico violence: Shootout in Chihuahua kills 14

A shootout in northern Mexico has killed at least 14 people, officials say, amid a surge in drug-related violence in the country.

Two armed groups clashed near the mountainous community of Las Varas, in the state of Chihuahua.

The identities of the victims and details of how the shootout unfolded were not immediately clear.

Drug cartels often clash in Chihuahua, a key drug-trafficking route south of the border from the US state of New Mexico.

The confrontation started at 05:00 local time (11:00 GMT) on Wednesday and lasted for two hours, El Universal newspaper reported (in Spanish), quoting accounts from social media users.
Three people were detained, the state attorney general's office said. Officials seized three vehicles, heavy weaponry and grenades, it added.

BBC      News.

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