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Federal police were among those killed in the morning violence in Mee-showcan state. But the vast majority of those slain were suspected gang members. Officials said officers received a tip-off that armed men had gathered at a ranch. Soon after the shooting began.Among the weapons recovered from the scene rocket launchers and sub machine guns.The incident is just the latest bloodshed in an area plagued by drug gangs.A week ago federal forces replaced local police in the nearby town of Tan-ua-toe - after a politician was assassinated.One of the cartels involved in Friday's violence was the Halisco New Generation gang. They're believed to have killed at least 20 members of the security forces since March - and earlier this month downed a military helicopter.This cycle of violence has increased pressure on Enrique Pena Nieto, who pledged to tackle cartels under his Presidency. More than 100,000 people have died in drug related violence in Mexico in less than a decade.

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Federal police were among those killed in the morning violence in Mee-showcan state. But the vast majority of those slain were suspected gang members. Officials said officers received a tip-off that armed men had gathered at a ranch. Soon after the

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