1 soldier, 14 civilians die in Mexico gunbattle


MORELIA, Mexico (AP) — Mexican authorities say armed men confronted soldiers, touching off a gunbattle that resulted in the deaths of one soldier and 14 civilians in the southern state of Guerrero.

The Guerrero government says the bloodshed happened Tuesday — the day after suspected cartel gunmen ambushed a police convoy in neighboring Michoacan state and killed 13 officers.

State security spokesman Roberto Alvarez says in a statement issued late Tuesday that the incident was in Tepochica municipality, about five kilometers (three miles) from Iguala, the city from which 43 college students disappeared five years ago and whose fate is still unknown.

The statement says high-power weapons and three vehicles were recovered after the shooting.

Guerrero is known for violence linked to organized crime and the army has been targeted on other occasions.

On Monday, 13 Mexican police officers killed in an apparent cartel ambush in the neighboring state of Michoacan

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