Troops kill eight in highway battles in northern Mexico

February 4, 2015 11:42 PM

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MEXICO CITY (Reuters) - Mexican federal troops killed eight alleged gang members on Wednesday in battles along a highway near the U.S. border in the northern state of Tamaulipas, a region plagued by a bloody dispute between the Gulf and the Zetas drug cartels.

The gunmen were killed in separate battles after they hijacked buses and used them to block a highway between the cities of Matamoros and Reynosa, opposite the Texas border towns of Brownsville and McAllen, a federal and state police task force said.

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