At least 21 people have died in a shootout between police and suspected cartel gunmen in northern Mexico near the US border. Homicide rates have soared to historic levels after a series of recent attacks.
Mexican security forces have killed seven more members of a presumed cartel assault force, a day after after clashing with a group of heavily armed gang members.
Four officers died and six were wounded in the hourlong confrontation on Saturday in the northern town of Villa Union, about 65 kilometers (40 miles) from the US border.
The group reportedly entered the town of 3,000 inhabitants in a convoy of pickup trucks before storming local government buildings at around midday.
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