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9 shot dead in 2 gunbattles in Mexico's Sonora state

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Posted at 12:36 PM, Jun 11, 2019
and last updated 2019-06-11 15:53:06-04

MEXICO CITY — Mexican authorities say nine people were killed and a child wounded in two gunbattles in the northern border state of Sonora.

State prosecutors say in a statement Tuesday that the first firefight took place the previous afternoon in Agua Prieta, which lies across the border from Douglas, Arizona. Four men and a woman were found dead in two cars and lying on a street. Some were clad in tactical vests, and assault rifles were recovered at the scene.

Video from Caborca Informa in the player above shows the aftermath of the gunfire in Agua Prieta.

About two hours later, more gunfire erupted on a highway in nearby Naco. Four men were found shot dead in a car with Arizona license plates. A 12-year-old boy was wounded by a stray bullet but his life was not in danger.

Police were investigating whether the incidents were linked.