- Title: At least 26 dead, hospitalized in Mexico shootout - government
- Date: 6th July 2017
- Summary: MADERA, CHIHUAHUA STATE, MEXICO (FILE) (REUTERS) VARIOUS WIDE OF SIERRA MOUNTAINS WHERE SHOOTOUT TOOK PLACE VARIOUS OF VEHICLES DRIVING DOWN MOUNTAIN ROAD VARIOUS OF VEHICLES ON FLAT ROAD VARIOUS OF PEOPLE GATHERED NEAR VEHICLE
- Embargoed: 20th July 2017 00:11
- Keywords: Shootout 26 killed Mexico violence
- Location: CIUDAD JUAREZ AND MADERA, CHIHUAHUA STATE, MEXICO
- City: CIUDAD JUAREZ AND MADERA, CHIHUAHUA STATE, MEXICO
- Country: Mexico
- Topics: Crime/Law/Justice,Crime
- Reuters ID: LVA0026OG0I83
- Aspect Ratio: 16:9
- Story Text: At least 26 people were dead or hospitalized after a shootout in the northern Mexican border state of Chihuahua on Wednesday (July 5), the state attorney general's office said, as drug violence surges in one of Mexico's bloodiest years on record.
The shootout took place near the mountainous community of Las Varas, in the heart of one of Mexico's drug trafficking regions, and it involved two armed groups. It was unclear how many of the victims were dead and how many were alive at hospitals, officials told Reuters.
President Enrique Pena Nieto came to office in 2012 vowing to end years of drug violence, and although the murder rate fell initially, it has been rising steadily and is on track to hit its highest level since recent government records began in 1997.
The shootout coincided with U.S. Secretary of Homeland Security John Kelly visiting Mexico to meet with Pena Nieto and to discuss cooperation in fighting organised crime.
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