7 Cops Cut Down in Mexican Drug Battle

Latest victims in Mexico's spiraling drug violence
By Peter Fearon,  Newser Staff
Posted May 28, 2008 4:23 AM CDT
Soldiers on patrol in Culiacan, Mexico. Seven federal police officers and a suspected hit man were killed in a shootout Tuesday.   (AP Photo/Guillermo Arias)
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(Newser) – A gun battle in Mexico's drug capital of Culiacan ended with seven federal police officers and a civilian lying dead, and four officers wounded. Drug dealers opened fire and hurled a grenade as police raided a drug house in the city, where 1,000 people have died in drug-related violence since the beginning of the year, reports CNN.