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18 killed in Mexico gunbattles

Gunbattles between rival gangs have killed 18 people in a north-eastern Mexican town.

The Tamaulipas state government said the fighting occurred early on Monday in the town of Abasolo.

Tamaulipas has been wracked by a turf war between the Zetas and Gulf cartels and information on violence in some towns is notoriously scarce.

Monday's bloodshed came a month after 18 people, including several innocent bystanders, were killed during fighting in the nearby town of Padilla.

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