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RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - A series of running gunbattles in Mexico’s most violent state left nine suspected gunmen and one state police officer dead Monday, January 11th, authorities said.

The shootouts in north-central Guanajuato state started before dawn near the hamlet of Santa Rosa de Lima, the stronghold of a gang of the same name.

State police, soldiers and National Guard agents rushed to respond to reports of armed men in the area, and all three forces came under fire from heavily armed assailants in vans, SUVs and pickup trucks, officials said.

In the first clash, one state . . .

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