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Soldiers kill 8 gunmen in northern Mexico clashes

Soldiers kill 8 gunmen in northern Mexico clashes

Mexico's Defense Department says soldiers shot dead eight suspected cartel members in two separate incidents near the industrial city of Monterrey.
The department says soldiers intercepted a group of gunmen toting high-powered rifles and a grenade launcher and chased them into the Monterrey suburb of Guadalupe, where a shootout left five gunmen dead.
The army said in a statement that gunmen later fired on soldiers in Juarez, another Monterrey suburb, sparking a firefight that left three attackers dead.
Monterrey and the surrounding area has suffered a spike in drug violence as the Gulf Cartel battles the Zeta group for territory.