Drug gang gunfight kills 28 in Mexican state

Reuters News
Posted: May 26, 2011 3:19 AM
Drug gang gunfight kills 28 in Mexican state

MEXICO CITY (Reuters) - Twenty-eight people were killed in a shootout among suspected rival drug gangs on a remote highway in the Mexican Pacific Coast state of Nayarit, authorities said.

Police found 28 bodies strewn around 10 abandoned cars on a federal highway, Nayarit's state prosecutor's office said in a statement late on Wednesday. Four others were wounded.

Officers found the crime scene after following up on a reported kidnapping, the statement said.

More than 38,000 people have been killed in Mexico since President Felipe Calderon launched an army-backed crackdown on drug cartels four years ago, sparking bloody criminal turf wars and street battles with federal security forces.

Also on Wednesday, Mexican police captured a suspected drug enforcer blamed for ordering the murder of the son of a prominent poet, which helped prompt national protests against the government's drug war strategy.

(Reporting by Mica Rosenberg; Editing by Peter Cooney)