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A shoot-out between rival gangs left 18 people dead in Mexico's Tamaulipas state, amid a surge in drug-related crim

Mexican police nabbed two alleged drug bosses, including one who told authorities the cartels had a non-aggression pact between them. Marcos Carmona Hernandez aka “El Cabrito” — alleged leader of the Oxaca state Zetas drug trafficking gang — is suspected of ordering the kidnapping and murder of several people. Images of Carmona Hernandez being presented to the press in Mexico  Read AfP story


NUEVO LAREDO, Mexico — A shoot-out between rival gangs left 18 people dead in Mexico’s Tamaulipas state, amid a surge in deadly drug-related crime, the state government said.

The government meanwhile announced the arrests of two alleged gang bosses and fresh charges against the scion of a major drug trafficking family, but previous arrests and killings have done little to stem the violence.

More than 34,600 people have been killed in clashes between rival cartels and security operations since Mexican President Felipe Calderon launched a massive military crackdown on the drug gangs in 2006.

Early on Monday, “there was a confrontation between two crime groups in the Abasolo town center, in which 18 people died,” the Tamaulipas state government said in a brief statement on its website.

Tamaulipas, on the border with the US state of Texas, has been rocked in the past year by the drug violence surging across Mexico.

Locally, the bloodshed is blamed on clashes between the once-allied Gulf and Zetas cartels.

The state has been the scene of horrifying killings, including last August, when a mass grave containing the bodies of 72 people, believed to be Central American migrants, was found on a local ranch.