October 17, 2019 / Modified oct 17, 2019 10:38 a.m.

Shootout in southern Mexico leaves 15 dead

The shootout took place on a highway in the state of Guerrero, known for rising crime in recent years.

MEXICO CITY — Fifteen people were killed during a shootout Tuesday in southern Mexico. According to the Mexican government, the deadly shots were fired while the military repelled aggressions.

One soldier and 14 alleged criminals died during a shootout on a highway in Guerrero, the state known for the iconic city of Acapulco but also for rising crime in recent years.

The Mexican government said an army convoy patrolling the area was attacked by organized criminals. Authorities confiscated 19 fire weapons from the crime scene.

Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador said the shootout is the result of a violence problem that grew under previous administrations.

The president called on criminals to stop using weapons and said his government has made significant progress bringing safety to Mexico.

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