Gunfight in western Mexico kills at least 39: officials

Reuters News
Posted: May 22, 2015 2:59 PM

MEXICO CITY (Reuters) - At least 39 people were killed on Friday in a fight between armed civilians and security forces in western Mexico, two government officials said.

The officials, speaking on condition of anonymity, said 37 civilians had been killed in the clash in the state of Michoacan in an area where powerful drug gangs have been active for years.

One of the officials said two police had been killed in the clash, while the other said three had died.

(Reporting by Dave Graham, Lizbeth Diaz and Ana Isable Martinez; Editing by Dan Grebler)