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Two Police Shot Dead in Confrontation With Soldiers

November 12, 1994

COMITAN DE DOMINGUEZ, Mexico (AP) _ Mexican soldiers shot and killed two policemen in a confrontation in southern Chiapas state that also left two soldiers seriously wounded, officials said.

Abelino Moreno Roman, 54, and Nicolas Altuzar Garcia, 40, were killed outside a bar Friday after intervening when five soldiers attacked a taxi driver, police spokesman Miguel Angel Galvez Chavez said.

After seeing his comrades fall, another policeman shot and seriously wounded two soldiers, Galvez Chavez said.

Local authorities are cooperating with military police in the investigation, he said.

Comitan de Dominguez, 500 miles southwest of Mexico City, is in the highlands of Chiapas state, where Indian rebels launched an uprising on Jan. 1.

The Mexican government declared a cease-fire after 12 days of fighting left 145 people dead. Soldiers have poured into the area, and the heavy military presence has caused friction with local residents, who say that soldiers often refuse to pay restaurant and bar bills, and harass patrons.

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