Mexico security forces kill 19 in gun battle

BBC News, 9/16/2010

Mexican security forces say they have killed 19 people in a seven-hour gun battle in the country’s north-east. The soldiers say they returned fire when attacked at an illegal roadblock 100km (62 miles) east of Monterrey.

Nine of the alleged gunmen died at the roadblock, eight during a car chase which followed, and two were killed at a local ranch where they sought refuge.

North-eastern Mexico has seen frequent clashes between drug gangs and the troops deployed to fight them.

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