Mexican soldiers kill 12 gunmen in city on border with Texas


MEXICO CITY (AP) — Mexico’s military says soldiers patrolling in the border city of Nuevo Laredo across from Texas came under fire from drug cartel gunmen, then killed 12 of their attackers in a gunbattle.

The Defense Department says three army patrol trucks were hit by gunfire Friday, but no troops were hurt.

The gunmen are believed to belong to the Cartel of the Northeast, a split-off of the old Zetas cartel.

The department said one of the attackers’ burned-out pickups was left at the scene, and eight assault rifles and two .50-caliber sniper rifles were found.

Nuevo Laredo has been the scene of bloody gunfights in recent years.

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