Soldiers kill six gunmen in northern Mexico
MEXICO CITY: Mexico's Defense Department says soldiers killed six assailants in a clash in the northern state of Tamaulipas, across the border from Texas.
The Defense Department statement indicates troops were headed to inspect a ranch in the municipality of Gustavo Diaz Ordaz when gunmen opened fire and the soldiers responded, killing six.
Soldiers have also seized 24 assault rifles, five grenades, two grenade launchers and three bulletproof cars.
The federal government last month announced major offensives in Tamaulipas and neighboring Nuevo Leon state to combat a surge in violence resulting from a split earlier this year between the Zetas paramilitary organization and the Gulf drug cartel.
In Cancun, police said they found the bodies of three men Tuesday morning who had been shot to death in neighborhoods far from where U.N. Climate Change conference is taking place. -Ap