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Deadly shootout at Mexico airport, 3 police officers dead

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By Leigh Goessl     Jun 26, 2012 in World
Three police officers were killed in a deadly shootout at the Benito Juarez International Airport in Mexico City yesterday.
According to CNN, federal police officers under investigation for drug-related offenses opened fire at other police officers at the busy Mexico City airport. The arriving officers were about to arrest their colleagues for alleged drug trafficking.
The Los Angeles Times reported the shooting occurred at about 9 a.m. local time in a food court in the airport's Terminal 2. When shots rang out, travelers went "scrambling" for cover under tables and into bathrooms; reportedly no civilians were injured in the shooting.
"The two officers under investigation opened fire to avoid arrest when they spotted the federal police's investigation unit," the Public Security Ministry said in a statement.
Two of the three shot died immediately, and the third victim died later on from injuries sustained by the gunshots. The gunmen have been "completely identified" through videotape, said Mexican authorities.
"Intelligence units are getting close to finding and arresting them," Police spokesman Jose Ramon Salinas said.
After the shooting, the food court was shut down for public access for several hours, said the Associated Press, but the rest of the airport, including flights, operated normally.
This airport shooting comes on the heels of a video being released recently that shows Mexican police caught on video performing a kidnap with members of a drug cartel.
Mexico's presidential election is scheduled to take place July 1 and CNN notes in a report, "candidates vow a different kind of drug war", which will focus on reduced violence and, as Digital Journal reported, "a compromise with the drug cartels to reduce the violence".
The Los Angeles Times noted Mexico's "brutal" drug war has claimed about 50,000 lives in the last six years, but despite the high number of deaths, reportedly airport violence is not common, despite the fact traffickers use the facility to transport drugs. Reportedly, 440 pounds of cocaine has been confiscated at the airport so far in 2012.
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