May 26, 2011 / 7:13 AM / 8 years ago

Drug gang gunfight kills 28 in Mexican state

MEXICO CITY (Reuters) - Twenty-eight people were killed in a shootout among suspected rival drug gangs on a remote highway in the Mexican Pacific Coast state of Nayarit, authorities said.

Police found 28 bodies strewn around 10 abandoned cars on a federal highway, Nayarit’s state prosecutor’s office said in a statement late on Wednesday. Four others were wounded.

Officers found the crime scene after following up on a reported kidnapping, the statement said.

More than 38,000 people have been killed in Mexico since President Felipe Calderon launched an army-backed crackdown on drug cartels four years ago, sparking bloody criminal turf wars and street battles with federal security forces.

Also on Wednesday, Mexican police captured a suspected drug enforcer blamed for ordering the murder of the son of a prominent poet, which helped prompt national protests against the government’s drug war strategy.

Reporting by Mica Rosenberg; Editing by Peter Cooney

0 : 0
  • narrow-browser-and-phone
  • medium-browser-and-portrait-tablet
  • landscape-tablet
  • medium-wide-browser
  • wide-browser-and-larger
  • medium-browser-and-landscape-tablet
  • medium-wide-browser-and-larger
  • above-phone
  • portrait-tablet-and-above
  • above-portrait-tablet
  • landscape-tablet-and-above
  • landscape-tablet-and-medium-wide-browser
  • portrait-tablet-and-below
  • landscape-tablet-and-below