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Official: Mexican soldiers killed surviving alleged criminals with their own guns

FILE - In this July 3, 2014 file photo, bullet holes and blood stain a wall above where bodies were found in an unfinished warehouse that was the site of a shootout between Mexican soldiers and alleged criminals on the outskirts of the village of San Pedro Limon in Mexico state, Mexico. Mexico’s Attorney General Jesus Murillo Karam said on Friday, Oct. 10, 2014 that soldiers used the alleged criminals’ own guns to kill those who were still alive following the confrontation in which 22 people died. (AP Photo/Rebecca Blackwell, File)

FILE - In this July 3, 2014 file photo, bullet holes and blood stain a wall above where bodies were found in an unfinished warehouse that was the site of a shootout between Mexican soldiers and alleged criminals on the outskirts of the village of San Pedro Limon in Mexico state, Mexico. Mexico’s Attorney General Jesus Murillo Karam said on Friday, Oct. 10, 2014 that soldiers used the alleged criminals’ own guns to kill those who were still alive following the confrontation in which 22 people died. (AP Photo/Rebecca Blackwell, File)  (The Associated Press)

Mexico's attorney general says soldiers used alleged criminals' own guns to kill others who were still alive following a confrontation at a warehouse southwest of Mexico City.

In an interview with MVS Radio, Jesus Murillo Karam said Friday that three soldiers have been charged with murder and a lieutenant with a cover up for the events of June 30 in San Pedro Limon, a community in the municipality of Tlatlaya in the state of Mexico.

Murillo said the majority of the 22 alleged criminals killed that day had already died in the shootout, but that at least eight were still alive before the three soldiers finished them off.

Federal authorities did not investigate the scene until mid-September.