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Daily Mail/AP: Gun battle on Mexican ranch leaves at least 42 cartel members dead in THREE HOUR bloody siege against federal troops

 * Forty-two suspected drug gang gunmen and one officer killed at Rancho del Sol in Michoacan state
 * Authorities would not name gang involved, though area next to Jalisco state dominated by New Generation
 * Police helicopter called in for deadly battle, after which authorities found a grenade launcher that had been fired and dozens of other high-powered cartel weapons

At least 43 people died Friday in what authorities described as a fierce, three-hour gunbattle between federal forces and suspected drug gang gunmen on a ranch in western Mexico, the deadliest such confrontation in recent memory.

All the dead were suspected criminals except for one federal police officer, National Security Commissioner Monte Alejandro Rubido said.

He said the officer died trying to help a colleague wounded in the shootout.

Photographs from the scene showed bodies, some with semi-automatic rifles and others without weapons, lying in fields, near farm equipment and on a blood-stained patio strewn with clothes, mattresses and sleeping bags.

WNU Editor: 42 drug cartel members dead .... one officer killed .... this was not a gun battle, this was a massacre.

More News On Yesterday's Bloody Gun Battle Between Mexican Federal Forces And Drug Cartel Members

Mexico gunfight kills 43 as government hits gang hard -- Reuters
An 'intense gunfight' kills 43 in troubled Mexican state -- AFP
Fierce gunbattle kills 43 in west Mexico cartel territory -- AP
Mexican gunfight kills 43 as police and drug cartels battle on ranch -- The Independent
Gunfight kills 42 cartel members in Mexico -- SKY News
Mexico gang shoot-out leaves dozens dead -- BBC

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