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WorldGrisly Mexican gang battle near U.S. border leaves at least 20 dead

20:55  10 january  2019
20:55  10 january  2019 Source:   reuters.com

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Grisly Mexican gang battle near U.S. border leaves at least 20 dead© Provided by AFP Tamaulipas has become one of the most violent states in Mexico as rival drug cartels fight each other for its strategic position on the US border

MEXICO CITY, Jan 10 (Reuters) - Mexican authorities are investigating a battle between two suspected gangs that left at least 20 bodies, 17 of them burned, in a border town near where U.S President Donald Trump will visit on Thursday to win support for his plan to build a wall.

Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador said at his daily morning news conference that initial information pointed to a "battle between two groups," and that security officials would later provide further information.

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A massive gun battle between rival drug and migrant trafficking gangs near the U . S . border Thursday left 21 people dead and at least six others wounded

At least 21 people have been killed in a gunfight between two of Mexico ' s most powerful drug cartels near the Correspondents say gangs are involved in smuggling drugs and people to the US , and have been The BBC' s Julian Miglierini in Mexico City says the fact that the violence happened only 20 km

Trump is headed to McAllen, Texas, on the U.S. border. He has threatened to declare a national emergency if Congress does not meet his demand for billions of dollars to build a wall between the United States and Mexico.

He has justified that demand by saying that undocumented migrants, criminals and illegal drugs have been pouring across the border, although statistics show illegal immigration has fallen to a 20-year low, while many drugs are believed to enter through legal ports of entry.

A Mexican security official said that authorities discovered 20 bodies on Wednesday, 17 of them burned, outside Ciudad Miguel Aleman, which is about 90 kilometers (56 miles) from McAllen, across the Rio Grande river. Five burned vehicles were also found near the bodies, the security official said.

A separate state security official said on Thursday that 21 bodies had been found at the site.

Tamaulipas has become one of the most violent states in Mexico, convulsed by gangs fighting to control drug trafficking, extortion rackets and the exploitation of migrants.

Tens of thousands of people have been killed in Mexico during years of fighting between security forces and warring drug cartels.

(Reporting by Lizbeth Diaz and Michael O'Boyle, Editing by Rosalba O'Brien)

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