19 people were killed in a shootout between rival drug gangs in the Mexican state of Chihuahua, officials said.
Two grenades, vehicles and guns were found at the scene of the clash. The shootout took place in the city of Madera.
“The Attorney General has launched an operation in collaboration with the Public Security Bureau and the Mexican Army to investigate and locate armed groups that killed 19 people in the city of Madera yesterday,” officials said.
In Mexico, there was a high level of gang violence related to drug trafficking. Mexico registered 2,585 homicides in March – the highest monthly figure since records began in 1997. There were more than 35,000 murders in Mexico last year.