Ten "delinquents" were killed on Monday (May 29th) in an armed clash with security forces on a road in the northern Mexican state of Nuevo Leon, according to authorities. Security forces were "shot and assaulted by individuals traveling in three armored vans," Nuevo Leon security chief Gerardo Palacios said on Facebook. "The result: ten offenders shot, three armored vans seized," he added.
Four police officers were wounded, one by gunfire and the other three when their vehicle overturned, the official said. The shooting took place on a road linking Nuevo Leon to Nuevo Laredo, a border town with the United States in the neighboring state of Tamaulipas.
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The region is hit hard by violence linked to organized crime and drug trafficking, and the roads between the two states are frequently the scene of kidnappings, disappearances and robberies. Mexico has recorded more than 340,000 murders and some 100,000 disappearances, mostly attributed to criminal organizations, since the launch of a controversial military anti-drug offensive in December 2006.