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Rival drug cartel members clashed on Tuesday in south-central Mexico, killing 10 people and leaving five others wounded in a shootout, officials said.
“The early reports were that at least 10 people have been killed and five more hurt who were taken to local hospitals” after the violence in the towns of Zacazonapan and Otzoloapan, in Mexico state, said Elias Alvarez with state security in Michoacan, to which many victims fled.
Alvarez said some of the gunmen were linked to La Familia Michoacana cartel, but he did not say what group or groups their rivals worked for.
President Felipe Calderon launched a military crackdown on the cartels when he took office in late 2006.
More than 50 000 people have been killed and 5 000 have gone missing since then, clouding the outgoing president's legacy and leaving large areas of the country in a virtual state of war. - Sapa-AFP