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Three youths held in US city dressed as clowns

Police in New Mexico have detained three youngsters dressed as clowns who were found with a firearm.

Albuquerque p olice spokesman Simon Drobik said officers were dispatched to a call about a "clown sighting" near a children's clothing shop in the city.

Authorities located three juveniles donning clown masks.

Mr Drobik said they were also in possession of what appeared to be a handgun.

The investigation is ongoing and it is not clear what charges the trio may face.

The incident comes amid a host of incidents involving scary clown sightings across the US.

Also in New Mexico, police in Alamogordo have identified three boys who allegedly haunted a middle school dressed with a clown mask, and Roswell police have urged residents not to dress up as clowns after reports surfaced of clowns with bats walking around the city.

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