Drug Gunmen Attack Mexican Police Bases

Five dead as violence spikes in western state after recent arrests
By Katherine Thompson,  Newser Staff
Posted Jul 12, 2009 12:22 PM CDT
Arnoldo Rueda, an alleged coordinator for the Mexican drug cartel known as "La Familia," was detained in Morelia early Saturday.   (AP Photo/Gregory Bull)
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(Newser) – Gunmen attacked federal police bases in at least six Mexican cities, killing three police officers and two soldiers, the BBC reports. The burst of violence follows arrests and gun battles on Friday in Morelia, where 40 men armed with assault rifles and grenades carried out the raid on the police base. The attacks all took place in the western state of Michoacan.
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