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Mexico violence: Troops kill 12 criminal suspects in gun battle

Mexican troops shot dead 12 suspected criminals in a running gun battle in Zacatecas state.

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Nearly 60,000 people in Mexico have been killed in drug-related violence in the past six years. (AFP/Getty Images)

Mexican troops pursued and shot dead 12 suspected criminals in a gun battle in Zacatecas state, which lies on a key drug-smuggling route in central Mexico, the BBC reported.

Agence France-Presse reported the fighting broke out Wednesday after the two sides ran into each other in the city of Rio Grande. Troops chased the suspects for more than 30 miles until the town of Sombrerete.

Two women and 10 men were killed in the clash, Mexican newspaper Milenio reported.

On New Year’s Eve, the Mexican navy arrested 18 suspected drug traffickers in the same state, the BBC reported.

Those detained included 12 boys and a woman with a baby.

Tens of thousands of people have been killed in drug-related violence in Mexico in recent years as the previous administration under former President Felipe Calderon waged a deadly war against the country's powerful drug cartels. 

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