At least 43 people were killed during clashes between armed civilians and security forces in western Mexico, a region torn by drug cartel violence, two government officials said.
The shootout took place on Friday morning in the municipality of Tanhuato, in the state of Michoacan, and the death toll was a “preliminary figure,” an official said on condition of anonymity.
Officials said 42 civilians had been killed in the clash in an area where powerful drug gangs have been active for years. One of the officials said one policeman had been killed in the clash, while the other said three had died.
Officials also said that the convoy of federal police and soldiers was ambushed.
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