18 People Killed in Shootout Between Mexican Drug Cartels

The gunfight reportedly happened in the city of Valparaiso in a remote area of Zacatecas state, just north of Mexico City. (Carlos Jasso/File, AP)

Eighteen people were killed during a bloody shootout between suspected Mexican drug cartels on Friday.

The gunfight happened in the city of Valparaiso in a remote area of Zacatecas state, just north of Mexico City, according to several reports, citing Rocio Aguilar, a spokeswoman for the state government.

She told local media that the battle is part of an ongoing turf war between rival gangs as they fight for control of drug trafficking routes.

The Friday shootout was the most recent in a surge of grisly violence that included the death of two police officers found hanging from a bridge in Zacatecas.

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SOURCE: New York Post, Kerry J. Byrne

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