Mexican marines kill 8 suspected gang members in shootout

At least eight suspected gang members died in a shootout with the Mexican marines in Mexico City on Thursday, the navy said.

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The navy said the suspected gang members opened fire on marines patrolling in Tlahuac. Among the dead was a leader identified as Felipe de Jesus N.

Military officials said the suspects were involved in extortion, kidnapping and homicide in Tlahuac, Milpa Alta, Xochimilco and Iztapalapa.
“With these actions, the [secretariat of the navy of Mexico] ratifies the commitment it has with Mexican families to maintain security in the country,” the navy said in a statement. “In this sense it is important to mention that naval elements develop their operations in accordance with … strict respect for human rights.”

By Danielle Haynes