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Seven killed in new wave of violence in Mexico
Updated: 2005-09-12 10:55

Seven people were killed and 19 others arrested in a new wave of violence affecting several regions of Mexico over the past 24 hours, police said Sunday.

Among the victims were three guards of a prison near the city of Monterrey in the northeastern state of Nuevo Leon, police said.

The guards were thought to be killed in a revenge by drug-traffickers operating on the Mexican-US border.

So far this year, a total of 25 people have been killed in violence related to drug-trafficking in Nuevo Leon.

In another development, the authorities in neighboring Tamaulipas state said a police agent and a gunman died in a shootout in the state capital of Ciudad Victoria.

Another policeman was injured and 19 criminal suspects were detained after the skirmish.

In the city of Buenavista Tomatlan in the western state of Michoacan, a drug smuggler was confirmed killed during a shooting with police, while at the tourist resort of Acapulco in the southern state of Guerrero, a police agent was shot dead.

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