6 gunmen die in shootout with rivals in Mexico

November 4, 2011 - 9:30 PM

CIUDAD JUAREZ, Mexico (AP) — Groups of heavily armed men fired hundreds of shots at each other in the streets of this Mexican border city, leaving at least six of the combatants dead, authorities said Friday.

Gunmen opened fire on each other late Thursday in the working class neighborhood of La Cuesta, Chihuahua state prosecutors spokesman Arturo Sandoval said. He said investigators recovered 442 spent bullets from the scene.

Officials have not said who was involved, but the Sinaloa and Juarez drug cartels have been battling since 2008 over control of the city across the border from El Paso, Texas. The fight has caused more than 7,000 deaths in the city.

Later Friday, Mexican federal police said they detained the second of three alleged leaders of a drug gang locked in a fierce battle for control of the Pacific resort city of Acapulco.

Victor Manuel Rivera was captured Friday in Mexico State, federal police anti-drug chief Ramon Pequeno said.

Authorities say Rivera's "street sweeper" gang has been fighting the local Independent Cartel of Acapulco for control of the port city since the 2010 arrest of suspected drug capo Edgar Valdez Villareal, a Texas-born man known as "La Barbie."

The two gangs splintered away from Valdez's organization because they didn't like the new leadership. Bloodshed in Acapulco, including mutilations and decapitations, surged following the break-up.

Federal police officers captured another alleged leader of the "street sweeper" last month.