July 2, 2010 in Nation/World

Mexican gang shootout kills 21

Associated Press The Spokesman-Review
 

HERMOSILLO, Mexico – A massive gunbattle between rival drug and migrant trafficking gangs near the U.S. border Thursday left 21 people dead and at least six others wounded, prosecutors said.

The firefight occurred in a sparsely populated area about 12 miles from the Arizona border, near the city of Nogales, that is considered a prime corridor for immigrant and drug smuggling.

The Sonora state attorney general’s office said in a statement that nine people were captured by police at the scene of the shootings, six of whom had been wounded in the confrontation.

Eight vehicles and seven weapons were also seized.

All of the victims were believed to be members of the gangs.

Gangs often fight for control of trafficking routes and sometimes steal “shipments” of undocumented migrants from each other, but seldom have they staged such mass gunbattles.

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