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Sun Dec 1, 2019, 01:21 PM

Death toll rises to 21 after attack on Mexican town

The government of Coahuila state said 10 gunmen and four police were killed in shootouts on Saturday in Villa Union, days after U.S. President Donald Trump fanned bilateral tensions by saying he would designate cartels as terrorists.

The gunmen peppered the Villa Union's mayor's office with bullets and state police pursued the gang members after they fled the town, killing seven more in the early hours of Sunday, the Coahuila government said in a statement.

The events in Villa Union add to a series of recent security lapses that have raised doubts about the containment strategy of President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador, who took office a year ago pledging to get a grip on chronic gang violence.

The leftist Lopez Obrador said on Friday he would not accept any foreign intervention in Mexico to deal with violent criminal gangs in response to Trump's comments.


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