Mexico City, June 27 (AFP) Twelve suspected drug traffickers died and two others were hurt in a clash with police in central Mexico, a public security official told AFP.
Public Security Ministry spokesman Jose Antonio Cano said the suspected traffickers had attacked federal, state and local police in Guanajuato State, and that authorities had not yet identified which drug cartel they belonged to
More than 10,000 have died in gangland-style violence since President Felipe Calderon launched a military crackdown on the country’s powerful drug cartels two and a half years ago.
The attorney general’s office said on friday that nine suspected members of the Beltran Leyva drug cartel had been detained in northwest Mexico after another clash with police in which one other also died.
Twelve people also died in suspected drug attacks in mainly northern border areas overnight on Thursday, local officials said.att
In the country’s most violent city, Ciudad Juarez on the northern border, suspected drug hitmen shot dead a waitress in the city center.
Eight others died in separate incidents in the city across from El Paso, Texas, and two died in state capital Chihuahua.