Mexican security forces kill 22 ‘drug gang members’

At least 22 alleged gang members were killed in a shootout with security forces in the southwest of the country.

The incident took place early on Monday when soldiers patrolling the area came under fire from suspected gang members, prosecutors said.

Criminal organisations are known to operate in the area, in the southern part of Mexico state.

This is one of the most violent clashes with drug cartels since President Enrique Pena Nieto took office in 2012.

Monday’s shootout took place in the municipality of Tlatlaya.

Mexican authorities said that the 22 victims were probably members of La Familia Michoacana drug cartel.

The criminal gang is active in neighbouring Michoacan and Guerrero states.

No soldier is reported to have been injured in the incident.


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