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Six people were killed in a series of shootouts on the night of Wednesday in small border towns between Mexico’s central state of Michoacán and neighboring Jalisco, local police reported Thursday, Dec, 3.

The Michoacan Public Security Secretariat said via Twitter that law enforcement agencies found six bodies when they were responding to reports of gunfire in the towns of Cotija, Tocumbo and Tinguindin.

According to local media, rival criminal groups clashed in Cotija, then continued the firefight in the nearby towns.

Michoacan police officers and National Guardsmen arrested two people, and seized 19 firearms and as many as 30 vehicles used in the clashes.

This year, Michoacan has registered Mexico’s sixth-highest homicide rate, after seeing 2,011 violent deaths between January and October, according to figures from the National Public Security System.

…Dec. 4, 2020

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