Ten suspected drug traffickers were killed and 10 others wounded during a clash with Mexican security forces in this Gulf coast port city, authorities said Tuesday.
Police and prosecutors said the incident took place shortly after midnight Monday in a residential neighborhood on the outskirts of Veracruz, now packed with tourists for the Easter break.
The battle erupted when soldiers and marines tried to stop several vehicles and detain the occupants, who reacted by opening fire on the troops and attempting to flee.
The ensuing chase lasted more than an hour, panicking residents and tourists on busy Miguel Aleman Valdes Avenue.
“The result so far, according to the information we got from the armed forces, is 10 suspected criminals dead and 10 arrested,” Veracruz state Gov. Javier Duarte de Ochoa told the media.
No civilians were hurt, he said.
The suspects were trying to establish themselves in Veracruz, the governor said.
Gangland violence has claimed 41 lives in Veracruz state this year.