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13 killed, including 9-yr-old, in Mexican violence

world Updated: Jul 11, 2009 13:48 IST

A shootout between rival drug gangs and police left two dead and one wounded in the western state of Michoacan, part of a wave of violence that claimed the lives of at least 13 people across Mexico.

The early morning shootout on Friday, tore through an upscale neighbourhood in the state capital of Morelia. Hundreds of police swarmed the area, killing one gunman who tried to resist capture, state police said.

Another man was found dead after the shootout, presumably a drug gang member killed while fighting a rival gang, police said. A Honduran woman was wounded in the confrontation.

Hundreds of rounds were fired and several grenades thrown in the three-way shootout, which lasted more than three hours and ended at dawn.

Police evacuated about 50 people from their homes as they searched rooftops for the gunmen. At least three gunmen were detained in a house identified as a drug cartel hideaway.

Authorities also found weapons caches and several tables upon which they said the cartels likely tortured kidnapping victims.

Also in Michoacan, a passer-by found the bodies of three men wrapped in blankets Friday on the side of a highway near the city of Uruapan, state police said. All three were bound, blindfolded, tortured and shot in the head.