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If you were planning a trip to the Southern part of Mexico, don’t.

Or maybe just avoid buses and Veracruz.

Gunmen opened fire Thursday on three passenger buses in the violence-racked state of Veracruz, killing at least seven people, Mexican authorities said.

All five attackers were killed in a shootout with federal security forces after the attack, which took place on a rural highway near Panuco in the northern part of the coastal state.

State spokeswoman Gina Dominguez said the gunmen were suspected in a separate attack earlier Thursday in El Higo, another town not far from the border with Tamaulipas state. Four people were killed in that assault.

Dominguez did not specify a possible motive for the predawn attacks, nor did she identify the gunmen. She said the buses belonged to three separate companies that serve the northern end of Veracruz.

She said Mexican troops chased the gunmen down before the gun battle that left the assailants dead.

“We are working to identify them, to identify the group that attacked the buses,” Dominguez said in an interview on Milenio Television.

She said troops recovered an armor-reinforced vehicle, five rifles and 54 ammunition clips, as well as eight cellphones. She said authorities had beefed up security on highways in the area.

The violence came a day after state authorities disbanded the 900-member police force in the city of Veracruz, a busy port that has become a battleground between rival drug-trafficking organizations.

Oh, they disbanded the police force?? Hell nah, we ain’t tryna be in Veracruz. But wait… who are the dudes with machine guns and fatigues?


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