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Mexico Drug Shootout Leaves 2 Dead

11 July 2009

Morelia in western state of Michoacan, Mexico
Officials in Mexico say a shootout between suspected rival drug gangs in the western state of Michoacan has left at least two people dead.

They say the 30-minute early morning firefight tore through the state capital Morelia Friday, until police intervened.

One gunman who tried to escape capture is reported to have been killed by police, while another man was found dead on the scene.

The Associated Press reports that on Friday in the same state, in the city of Uruapan, the bodies of three men, who had been tortured, blindfolded and shot in the head, were found in plastic bags.  

Mexico has suffered from increasing violence in recent months related to a growing drug trade.

Some information for this report was provided by AP and Reuters.

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