Mexican forces kill 9 presumed kidnappers
MEXICO CITY (AP) — Nine alleged kidnappers are dead after a shootout with Mexican police, soldiers and marines in the Gulf coast state of Veracruz.
Veracruz state police say the shootout occurred early Thursday near the state capital, Xalapa.
Police say they freed a kidnap victim and seized rifles and stolen cars as part of the raid.
Veracruz has been hit by kidnappings, extortions and killings by the Zetas drug gang and rival cartels.