Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Girl dies in crossfire on key Mexican highway

By SERGIO FLORES, Associated Press

ACAPULCO, Mexico (AP) — A girl was killed and a woman wounded by gunshots when a firefight broke out between soldiers and bandits on a toll road considered the safe route to the resort city of Acapulco, a Mexican official said Tuesday.

Thieves had fired guns to stop the car in which the two victims were riding and were in the process of robbing them when an army patrol appeared. The gunmen began shooting at the soldiers, sparking a battle in which two thieves and the girl were killed, a Guerrero state public security official said.

The official spoke on condition of anonymity because he wasn't authorized to talk about the incident. He didn't know the girl's age or where the two females were from.

The shootout occurred about 18 miles (30 kilometers) from Acapulco on the Autopista del Sol, a major toll highway connecting Mexico City to the Pacific coast.

The other thieves escaped.

In the western state of Michoacan, the bullet-riddled bodies of four police officers and a civilian were found dumped Monday.

The officers were still wearing their uniforms and were from the neighboring state of Colima, according to a statement from the Michoacan state prosecutors' office late Monday night. The officers had just gone off duty when they vanished Saturday.

Michoacan state is home to two feuding drug cartels, La Familia and The Knights Templar.

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