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Five die in Mexico shootout

Wednesday, August 24, 2011 - 00:43

Aug. 24 - Five people including a police officer are killed in a shoot-out with suspected drugs gang members. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).

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ROUGH CUT ONLY - NO REPORTER NARRATION A shootout between Mexican police and suspected members of a drugs gang left five people dead, one of them a police officer. Mexican daily El Universal said police on patrol on the border on Jalisco and Zacatecas states came under fire from gunmen in a convoy of up to 15 vehicles. Four gunmen were killed and four police officers wounded, one of whom died later in hospital. Eight people were arrested who allegedly said they had been part of the convoy and were members of the infamous Zetas drugs cartel. Authorities said they had also seized weapons including AK47 rifles, grenades, ammunition and uniforms complete with a Tamaulipas and Zacatecas state badge. The Zacatecas and Jalisco area has become a hotspot for violence involving the Zetas drugs cartel fighting rival cartels for smuggling turf. Almost 50, 000 people have died in Mexico during the last four years since Mexico's president deployed soldiers onto the streets to attack the powerful cartels head-on.

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Five die in Mexico shootout

Wednesday, August 24, 2011 - 00:43