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21 dead in Mexican gang gun battle

Twenty-one people have been killed in Mexico following a massive gun battle between rival drug and migrant-trafficking gangs near the US border.

Prosecutors in northern Sonora state say the gun battle occurred in a sparsely populated area about 12 miles from the Arizona border.

The state Attorney General's Office said in a statement that nine people were captured by police at the scene of Thursday's shootings, six of whom had been wounded in the confrontation.

The area is a prime corridor for immigrant and drug smuggling.


From Belfast Telegraph