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Mexico police attacked in Acapulco

BBC News BBC News 25/04/2016
Man in helmet and bulletproof holds machine gun in air; it's night time; the black vest contrasts with his white short sleeved T shirt: Mexican police worked to secure the area after the gunfight © AFP Mexican police worked to secure the area after the gunfight

Police officers came under attack in a two-hour gunfight in the Mexican city of Acapulco, officials say.

Map showing location of Guerrero state and Acapulco city in south east of Mexico © BBC Map showing location of Guerrero state and Acapulco city in south east of Mexico

Several gunmen attacked a hotel where officers stay, in the tourist area Las Playas on Sunday evening.

Dozens of people had to shelter in shops while shooting continued, until after 23:00 local time (04:00 GMT).

One suspected gunman was killed when police returned fire. Officers then chased other gunmen through the streets before securing the area.

At the same time, a separate group of gunmen attacked a federal police base in the city.

Some universities in Acapulco have cancelled classes for Monday but local media (link in Spanish) report that according to education authorities, schools will still be open.

The US department of state has warned American consular staff not to travel to Acapulco, saying the state of Guerrero was the most violent state in Mexico in 2015.

Tens of thousands of people have died in drug-related violence in Mexico in the past decade.

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