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4 killed gunbattle with Mexican police

4 killed gunbattle with Mexican police

Four people suspected of drugs, kidnapping and extortion were killed in Mexico Wednesday during a three-hour shootout with police in which they lobbed hand grenades at officers.
Three officers were wounded and four suspects detained in the operation, which began as a search for suspected kidnappers.
The Public Safety Department says officers responded after they came under fire as they searched a home in the city of Celaya, in Guanajuato state. Soldiers were called in to support the police.
In the northern border city of Tijuana, federal police said Wednesday they seized 14 rifles and detained 11 people after assailants fired automatic weapons at police earlier this week. They also seized drugs at a home there.
And in the border city of Ciudad Juarez, first lady Margarita Zavala attended the inauguration of a new drug treatment center. Zavala traveled under heavy security, despite the fact the city of 1.3 million is now being patrolled by thousands of army troops.
The U.S. Embassy issued a statement saying the $300 million in U.S. anti-drug aid approved for 2009 "demonstrates the United States' continued and serious commitment to its shared responsibility in working with Mexico to confront drug trafficking and organized crime."
That figure, however, is a decline from the $400 million approved the previous year under the Merida Initiative.
The statement said "Mexican and U.S. officials at the highest level will soon meet to discuss further ways of staunching the flow of weapons into Mexico."


Updated : 2021-05-19 03:47 GMT+08:00