MEXICO

3 killed in inmate hunt shootout near US border

PUBLISHED : Friday, 21 September, 2012, 12:41pm
UPDATED : Friday, 21 September, 2012, 5:45pm

Authorities in Mexico say three gunmen have been killed after attacking police hunting for inmates who joined in a mass escape from a prison near the US border.

The Coahuila state prosecutor’s office says the gunmen were in a truck in a residential area of the border city of Piedras Negras when they fired on state police officers on Thursday who were helping look for some of the 131 prisoners who fled a nearby prison early in the week.

Investigators have yet to determine whether the dead gunmen were escapees. The statement says the truck matches records of a vehicle stolen in San Antonio, Texas.

Authorities say the Zetas drug cartel orchestrated the prison break apparently with the help of prison personnel. Three escapees have been recaptured so far.