Mexican army raid drug camp, 8 gunmen killed

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Posted: Mar 11, 2011 6:46 PM
Mexican army raid drug camp, 8 gunmen killed

Mexican authorities say soldiers have raided a drug gang's camp in northeastern Mexico and killed eight gunmen in a shootout.

The Defense Department says gunmen opened fire on troops as they approached the camp outside San Fernando, a town in the border state of Tamaulipas.

A military statement says nine other people were detained in the raid Friday, including a woman who claimed she had been kidnapped. It says soldiers seized 10 guns, marijuana, 58 camouflage uniforms and 11 bulletproof jackets.

The statement does not say what gang ran the camp, but San Fernando is in the heart of territory controlled by the Zetas cartel. Zetas were blamed for the massacre of 72 South and Central Americans at a ranch outside the town last August.