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At least three suspected gunmen died in a shootout with army troops in Monclova, a city in the northern Mexican state of Coahuila, officials said.
The shootout occurred on Saturday and involved an army special operations unit, the Coahuila Attorney General’s Office said.
The gunmen and soldiers engaged in the firefight around 1:00 a.m. Saturday on Bulevar Harold Pape in Monclova, the AG’s office said.
The dead gunmen, who were not carrying identification, were between 20 and 25, the AG’s office said.
Soldiers seized a 2008 Nissan Sentra, three AK-47 assault rifles, a grenade, three rockets, a rocket launcher and ammunition for AK-47s.
Calderon, of the conservative National Action Party, or PAN, deployed thousands of soldiers and Federal Police officers across the country to fight drug cartels.
President Enrique Peña Nieto, of the Institutional Revolutionary Party, or PRI, has continued the strategy implemented by Calderon of taking on the cartels, but he has also called for bolstering intelligence capabilities and attacking criminal organizations’ entire structures, not just kingpins.