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Army, drug gangs clashes in eastern Mexico kill 7
| Updated at: 0053 PST, Tuesday, August 31, 2010|
VERACRUZ: At least seven people have been killed in clashes between Mexican soldiers and likely drug gangs not far from where 72 migrants were massacred last week, the military said Monday.
The clashes began Sunday night in the city of Panuco, bordering northeastern Tamaulipas state, which has seen a recent eruption of violence, including explosives attacks and the murder of a mayor in recent days.
Six suspects and one soldier were killed and five soldiers were wounded, the statement said.
The soldiers were attacked with fragmentation grenades and guns when they arrived at an alleged safe house used by drug gangs following a tip-off, the statement said.
The shootout lasted through the night, and skirmishes were also reported elsewhere in the city, which is in Veracruz state.
Six people were detained, as well as several weapons including 11 AK-47s, the army said.