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9 shot dead in 2 gunbattles in Mexico's Sonora state

Posted: 11:49 AM, Jun 11, 2019
Updated: 2019-06-11 20:59:06-04
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MEXICO CITY (AP) - Mexican authorities say nine people were killed and a child wounded in two gunbattles in the northern border state of Sonora.

State prosecutors say in a statement Tuesday that the first firefight took place the previous afternoon in Agua Prieta, which lies across the border from Douglas, Arizona. Four men and a woman were found dead in two cars and lying on a street. Some were clad in tactical vests, and assault rifles were recovered at the scene.

About two hours later, more gunfire erupted on a highway in nearby Naco. Four men were found shot dead in a car with Arizona license plates. A 12-year-old boy was wounded by a stray bullet but his life was not in danger.

Police were investigating whether the incidents were linked.