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U.S. consulate shuts in Mexico as shots fired nearby

<p>A masked police agent stands guard in front of the U.S. Consulate in Monterrey, northern Mexico October 16, 2008. REUTERS/Tomas Bravo</p>

A masked police agent stands guard in front of the U.S. Consulate in Monterrey, northern Mexico October 16, 2008. REUTERS/Tomas Bravo

A masked police agent stands guard in front of the U.S. Consulate in Monterrey, northern Mexico October 16, 2008. REUTERS/Tomas Bravo

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<p>Mexican federal police document damage at the U.S. consulate in Monterrey, northern Mexico October 16, 2008. REUTERS/Tomas Bravo</p>

Mexican federal police document damage at the U.S. consulate in Monterrey, northern Mexico October 16, 2008. REUTERS/Tomas Bravo

Mexican federal police document damage at the U.S. consulate in Monterrey, northern Mexico October 16, 2008. REUTERS/Tomas Bravo

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<p>Police agents stand guard outside the U.S. Consulate in Monterrey, northern Mexico October 16, 2008. REUTERS/Tomas Bravo</p>

Police agents stand guard outside the U.S. Consulate in Monterrey, northern Mexico October 16, 2008. REUTERS/Tomas Bravo

Police agents stand guard outside the U.S. Consulate in Monterrey, northern Mexico October 16, 2008. REUTERS/Tomas Bravo

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<p>A masked police agent (R) and a security agent stand guard outside the U.S. Consulate in Monterrey, northern Mexico October 16, 2008. REUTERS/Tomas Bravo</p>

A masked police agent (R) and a security agent stand guard outside the U.S. Consulate in Monterrey, northern Mexico October 16, 2008. REUTERS/Tomas Bravo

A masked police agent (R) and a security agent stand guard outside the U.S. Consulate in Monterrey, northern Mexico October 16, 2008. REUTERS/Tomas Bravo

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<p>Soldiers take part in a police operation set up after a shooting with unknown assailants at a wealthy neighbourhood in Monterrey, northern Mexico October 16, 2008. REUTERS/Tomas Bravo</p>

Soldiers take part in a police operation set up after a shooting with unknown assailants at a wealthy neighbourhood in Monterrey, northern Mexico October 16, 2008. REUTERS/Tomas Bravo

Soldiers take part in a police operation set up after a shooting with unknown assailants at a wealthy neighbourhood in Monterrey, northern Mexico October 16, 2008. REUTERS/Tomas Bravo

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<p>Soldiers stand guard at a perimeter set up around a block of a wealthy neighbourhood after a shooting with unknown assailants in Monterrey, northern Mexico October 16, 2008. REUTERS/Tomas Bravo</p>

Soldiers stand guard at a perimeter set up around a block of a wealthy neighbourhood after a shooting with unknown assailants in Monterrey, northern Mexico October 16, 2008. REUTERS/Tomas Bravo

Soldiers stand guard at a perimeter set up around a block of a wealthy neighbourhood after a shooting with unknown assailants in Monterrey, northern Mexico October 16, 2008. REUTERS/Tomas Bravo

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<p>Federal police agents and soldiers storm a house as part of a police operation set up after a shooting with unknown assailants at a wealthy neighbourhood in Monterrey, northern Mexico October 16, 2008. REUTERS/Tomas Bravo</p>

Federal police agents and soldiers storm a house as part of a police operation set up after a shooting with unknown assailants at a wealthy neighbourhood in Monterrey, northern Mexico October 16, 2008. REUTERS/Tomas Bravo

Federal police agents and soldiers storm a house as part of a police operation set up after a shooting with unknown assailants at a wealthy neighbourhood in Monterrey, northern Mexico October 16, 2008. REUTERS/Tomas Bravo

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<p>Federal police agents and soldiers take part in a police operation set up after a shooting with unknown assailants at a wealthy neighbourhood in Monterrey, northern Mexico October 16, 2008. REUTERS/Tomas Bravo</p>

Federal police agents and soldiers take part in a police operation set up after a shooting with unknown assailants at a wealthy neighbourhood in Monterrey, northern Mexico October 16, 2008. REUTERS/Tomas Bravo

Federal police agents and soldiers take part in a police operation set up after a shooting with unknown assailants at a wealthy neighbourhood in Monterrey, northern Mexico October 16, 2008. REUTERS/Tomas Bravo

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