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21 Dead In Mexico Shootout

El Diario/La Prensa, Posted: Feb 11, 2009

JUAREZ -- Twenty-one people were killed Tuesday in a shootout between the Mexican army and suspected drug traffickers, reports El Diario/La Prensa. The suspected drug cartel members were from the state of Chihuahua, approximately 100 kilometers from Ciudad Juarez. They allegedly kidnapped nine civilians, six of whom were reportedly killed on a ranch prior to the military action. Military police received a tip that suspected drug cartel members were holding nine people hostage, and took immediate action, according to the report. The soldiers killed 14 others who were believed to be linked to the drug cartel. In 2008, there were 2,000 drug-related deaths in Mexico. Of these, 1,600 took place in Ciudad Juarez.

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