Nearly a dozen die in Mexico clashes

Mexican soldiers patrolling in Morelia, the capital of Michoacan State (file photo)

Mexican authorities say at least eleven people have been killed and 17 others injured in clashes between security forces and criminal gangs.

The deadly confrontations took place on Saturday in the northern states of Tamaulipas, Durango and Sinaloa, where violent drug cartels are fighting for power.

Sources say clashes in the Tamaulipan city of Reynosa claimed five lives, including at least one soldier, and injured nine others.

Prosecution spokesman Raymundo Enrique Partida said at least three people died, including a security officer, after a gun battle erupted in the town of Otaez, Durango, as soldiers were patrolling the area.

The three other fatalities occurred in the city of Culiacan, Sinaloa, after a shooting broke out while military personnel attempted to check a building. Eight others were reported wounded.

Drug-related violence in Mexico has killed more than 70,000 people since former President Felipe Calderon launched an offensive against Mexicoâ„¢s drug cartels in December 2006.

President Enrique Pena Nieto has vowed to fight the violence as he continues the campaign against drug cartels.

However, official data show that every month an additional 1,000 people die in violence linked to the countryâ„¢s drug cartels.

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Republished from: Press TV