Shooting in Mexico leaves at least 14 dead

CITY: A shooting in a Mexican city near the US border between suspected drug traffickers and police left at least 14 dead, including four officers, officials said Saturday.

The confrontation broke out shortly before noon at Villa Unión, in the northern state, when agents detected several heavily armed vehicles and passengers traveling through the small community, which is about 60 kilometers (40 miles) from the US border.

Four of those killed were police officers, seven were suspected criminals and three other unidentified bodies were found nearby on a rural road, Coahuila governor Miguel Angel Riquelme told reporters.

Six officers were also injured, but their injuries were not serious and they had already been discharged from the hospital, Riquelme said.

An unspecified number of people, including a child, also disappeared, government officials added.

Local authorities said twelve trucks were seized in the operation, as well as several high-caliber weapons and an unspecified ammunition charge.

The video shared on the official page of Riquelme showed the mayor's office riddled with bullets, while the images showed part of the chaos that remained after the confrontation.

The attack comes after the leader of Mexico, Andrés Manuel López Obrador, warned that he would not allow the United States to conduct cross-border armed operations against drug cartels in the country, after the president Donald Trump He said he planned to designate Mexican drug traffickers as terrorist organizations.

The president of the United States has been talking hard with the powerful drug cartels, as one was allegedly responsible for the massacre of nine women and children from a Mormon American-Mexican community in northern Mexico on November 4.

Trump has said he would help Mexico confront drug gangs, and the two countries have cooperated closely in the fight against drug cartels.