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26 people killed in northern Mexico gunfight as drug cartel violence continues to rise

26 people killed in northern Mexico gunfight as drug cartel violence continues to rise

Authorities said at least 26 people were killed Wednesday in northern Mexico during a predawn gun battle between warring crime gangs, part of an escalation of deadly violence across the country.

In an interview with Milenio television, Chihuahua state prosecutor’s spokesman Felix Gonzalez said the confrontation between armed groups broke out in the town of Las Varas around 5 a.m. For the next two hours, members of the La Linea gang squared off with a faction of the Sinaloa cartel, leaving more than two dozen people dead and several others wounded, he said.

The violence in Las Varas, nearly 185 miles southwest of the border city of Ciudad Juarez, comes days after a similar...

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