Reuters via Jerusalem Post
July 24, 2013
Violent clashes between armed gangs and Mexico’s security forces killed 22 people on Tuesday, marking a surge in violence in a chaotic western state where President Enrique Pena Nieto is testing a new security strategy.
The shootouts occurred after gang members blocked highways with buses and other vehicles in Michoacan, one of Mexico’s most violent states.
Two members of the federal police and 20 gang members were killed, Mexico’s Interior Ministry said in a statement.