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[Published: Sunday December 01 2019]

Mexico gunfight kills 14

MEXICO CITY 1 Dec (ANA) - Ten suspected drug cartel gunmen and four police were killed during a daytime attack on Saturday in a Mexican town near the border with the United States. The incident, occurred days after US President Donald Trump, raised bilateral tensions saying he would designate the gangs as terrorists.
The government of the northern state of Coahuila said state police clashed with a group of heavily-armed attackers in pick-up trucks in the small town of Villa Union, about 65 kilometres (40 miles) southwest of the border city of Piedras Negras.
Standing outside the Villa Union mayor's bullet-ridden offices, Coahuila Governor Miguel Angel Riquelme told reporters the state had acted "decisively" to tackle the attackers, who he said had entered from the neighbouring state of Tamaulipas.
Riquelme said 10 gunmen had been killed, three of them by officers in pursuit of the gang members after the gunfight that led to the deaths of four police and wounded six more.
Around midday, heavy gunfire began ringing out in Villa Union, and a convoy of armed pick-up trucks could be seen moving around the town, according to video clips posted by social media users. Others showed plumes of smoke rising from the town.
Reuters News Agency could not vouch for their authenticity.
An unspecified number of people were also missing, including some who were at the mayor's office, the governor said.
Riquelme said authorities had identified 14 vehicles involved in the attacks and seized more than a dozen guns.
The outbreak of violence occurred during a testing week for President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador, who on Friday said he would not accept any foreign intervention in Mexico to deal with violent criminal gangs after Trump's comments.(ANA)
FA/ANA/1 December 2019--------

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