Cartel Shootout Kills 21 Just 12 Miles From Arizona Border

Gangs clashed over control of smuggling corridor
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Jul 2, 2010 4:33 AM CDT
Sonora state police man a roadblock near the Arizona border.   (AP Photo/Oman Nevarez)
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(Newser) – A massive shootout between rival drug and people-smuggling gangs left 21 people dead just 12 miles south of the border with Arizona, Mexican authorities say. The clash erupted in a remote area along a prime smuggling corridor in Sonora state, AP reports. All the dead are believed to be gang members. Police arrested 9 people—6 of whom had been wounded in the battle—and seized weapons and several bullet-riddled vehicles.

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