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Twelve shot and killed in Mexico gang violence

Mexico City - Suspected gang members killed nine people at an auto repair shop and three police investigators were shot dead near police headquarters in the northern Mexican city of Culiacan, local media reported Thursday.

Nine people were shot inside and just outside the auto body shop, though none of the bodies have been identified and no arrests have been announced, La Jornada newspaper reported.

Three state police officers were shot near Culiacan's police headquarters.

30 girls claim sexual mistreatment after deadly nightclub raid

Mexico City - Some 30 teenage girls reported that police officers forced them to take their clothes off and took pictures of them naked following a raid on a Mexico City nightclub that left 12 people dead.

Emilio Alvarez Icaza, president of the capital city's Human Rights Commission, said his agency was investigating the allegations made by the girls, who were arrested and taken to police facilities in the Friday raid on the disco News Divine.

The teenagers said that police took the photographs before taking them for questioning.

Armed men kidnap 34 Cuban refugees in Mexico

Mexico City  - A group of armed men kidnapped a group of 34 illegal Cuban refugees who were being transported in a government bus in Mexico, police officials said Thursday.

The incident occurred Wednesday night, when the kidnappers stopped the bus in the southern state of Chiapas, forced the official escorts out of the bus and drove off with the occupants under their command, a police spokesman said in answer to a query.

The empty bus, operated by Mexico's immigration department, was found later. There was no trace of the Cuban refugees.

Mexico plagued by new wave of gangland murders

Mexico City  - In a single week, Mexico's gangland wars have claimed more than 100 lives, including key police officials and the sons of top drug lords, according to sources and local media reports this weekend.

Much of the wave of violence has been directed against police, in reaction to government pressure that has "affected the interests" of the narcotics traffickers, Federal Public Security Secretary Genaro García Luna said.

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