Five gunmen were killed just after midnight Saturday during a confrontation with a military patrol in the streets of central Boca del Rio, Veracruz.
The clash occurred when the gunmen travelling in at least two SUV’s were intercepted by an Army patrol at the confluence of Adolfo Ruiz Cortines and Manuel Avila Cavazos boulevards. A pursuit ended several blocks later at the intersection of A.R. Cortines and Mar Cantabrico.
The area of the shooting was sealed off and a Marine helicopter aided in the search for other suspects.
Five more gunmen were detained and one soldier was wounded according to official sources.
The incident occurred not far from the location where up to 100,000 residents and tourists were attending the annual Boca Del Rio International Salsa Festival.
Tito Nieves and Willie Colon were ending their concert at the time of the shooting.
After the incident state police established a security cordon around the festival grounds and fortunately no further incidents were reported.
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