Night of violence in Mexico town leaves 6 dead

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Posted: Sep 27, 2014 7:49 PM

ACAPULCO, Mexico (AP) — Six people were reported killed in a series of violent incidents in a town in Guerrero, a state in southwestern Mexico known for social unrest and drug violence.

State Attorney General Inaki Blanco Cabrera said the violence happened late Friday and early Saturday in Iguala, which is about 200 kilometers (125 miles) south of Mexico City.

He said the first incident involved a clash between police and radical students from a teachers college who had seized three buses and were trying to take them to the state capital of Chilpancingo for a demonstration. He said police gunfire killed two protesters.

A few hours later, unidentified armed men shot at vehicles on the main highway in the same general area where the protesters were shot, Blanco Cabrera said. He said bullets struck at least two taxis and a bus carrying a local soccer team, killing two adults and a minor on the bus.

Soldiers found the sixth victim Saturday morning in the same area as the other incidents.

Student leaders reported at least one other shooting incident in which no one was hurt.

The attorney general said Iguala's municipal police officers had been disarmed and taken to city offices while state authorities investigated what happened.