Nine killed in shootouts on Mexican border

At least nine people, including two police officers and seven criminals, were killed in two separate gun battles between security forces and armed attackers in two Mexican states along the US border, Mexican authorities said on Thursday.

Reportedly, a convoy of vehicles opened fire on a marine patrol and the subsequent gun battle between marines and members of theZetas drug gang in the town of San Carlos, in the border state of Tamaulipas, left four attackers killed. Marines seized 14 rifles and more than 3600 weapons from four suspected gunmen, including three Guatemalan citizens, after the clash.

In a separate incident, two police officers and three gunmen were killed and several others wounded during a clash in Torreon city in the state of Coahuila. One policeman was on the spot and another succumbed to his injuries in a nearby hospital.