American law enforcement officers take gunfire on Texas-Mexico border

09:19, June 10, 2011      

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U.S. law enforcement officers exchanged gunfire with suspected Mexican drug runners along the Texas-Mexico border on Thursday, injuring at least three of the suspects on the Mexican side, U.S. media said.

The gunfire broke out in Hidalgo County early Thursday, when suspected drug runners in Mexico began shooting at U.S. officers from across the Rio Grande, forcing the U.S. agents to return gunfire, according to the reports.

Texas Department of Public Safety spokeswoman Tela Mange said she did not have information on whether any of the U.S. officers were wounded.

She said the officers were participating in a multi-agency Texas Ranger Reconnaissance operation and were attempting to stop a large drug load, according to the newspaper Houston Chronicle.

U.S. officers "received heavy gun fire from the Mexico side" while attempting to interdict two suspected drug boats, Mange was quoted as saying.

Authorities said Mexican officials were notified of the two " drug-laden" boats that were abandoned on the scene after the shootout.

Source: Xinhua
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