Northern Mexico Shootouts Kill Nine People

PIEDRAS NEGRAS, Mexico (AP) - Mexican authorities say gunbattles
between security forces and armed attackers have killed nine people
in two states along the U.S. border.

A news release from the Tamaulipas state government says four
attackers died in a gunbattle with marines in the town of San

Meanwhile prosecutors in Coahuila say two state police officers
and three gunmen are dead in a separate shootout in Torreon.

Also Thursday, federal police announced the capture of the
Sinaloa cartel's alleged chief operator in Mexico state, outside
the capital.

Suspect Jose Manuel Garcia was allegedly in charge of bribing
local officials.

More than 22,700 people have died in drug-related violence in
Mexico since late 2006.

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