Mexico shoot-out leaves 7 dead
29 April 2013, 15:18
Morelia - At least seven people were killed on Sunday in clashes between
suspected criminals, security forces and citizen security groups in the western
Mexican state of Michoacan, officials told AFP.
"The last report that we have is the seven people have been killed in
gun battles, but that number is certain to rise," said a state government
spokesperson Julio Hernandez.
Officials said the confrontations took place in the towns of Buenavista and
Tepalcatepec, where armed citizens' patrols have formed in a bid to deter and
counter criminal gangs.
Such groups, which aim to counter what is perceived as an ineffectual
government response to gang violence, have cropped up around the country,
including in the states of Guerrero, Oaxaca and Michoacan.