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Six people dead after Mexican Marine helicopter comes under fire near the U.S. border

JACUMBA, CA - APRIL 8:  A Border Patrol helicopter flies along the border after sunset as the Minuteman Civil Defense Corps (MCDC) patrols the U.S.-Mexico border in search of illegal immigrants and drug smugglers April 8, 2006 near Jacumba, California. MCDC is conducting the patrols in all four U.S.-Mexico border states and in several places along the Canadian border throughout the month of April as Congress considers changes to immigration and border security laws. Late last week, a ?breakthrough? compromise Senate leaders announced in the overhaul of immigration law, that could have led to the passage of a bill that would give the nation's estimated 11 million-plus illegal immigrants a chance to obtain U.S. citizenship, fell apart before the start of the two-week Spring recess.  (Photo by David McNew/Getty Images)

JACUMBA, CA - APRIL 8: A Border Patrol helicopter flies along the border after sunset as the Minuteman Civil Defense Corps (MCDC) patrols the U.S.-Mexico border in search of illegal immigrants and drug smugglers April 8, 2006 near Jacumba, California. MCDC is conducting the patrols in all four U.S.-Mexico border states and in several places along the Canadian border throughout the month of April as Congress considers changes to immigration and border security laws. Late last week, a ?breakthrough? compromise Senate leaders announced in the overhaul of immigration law, that could have led to the passage of a bill that would give the nation's estimated 11 million-plus illegal immigrants a chance to obtain U.S. citizenship, fell apart before the start of the two-week Spring recess. (Photo by David McNew/Getty Images)  (2006 Getty Images)

Mexico's navy says six people are dead after a group of suspected criminals sparked a skirmish by opening fire on a Marine helicopter near the U.S. border.

The navy says the incident happened on Sunday in a rural area south of Nuevo Laredo, which is across the border from Laredo, Texas.

In a statement Monday, the navy said the suspects fired on the Blackhawk helicopter, hitting it seven times. The helicopter crew returned fire, killing six suspects. No navy personnel were injured.

The navy said the crew detected a convoy of armed men in an area long dominated by the Zetas cartel.

In a May 1 attack, gunmen in the western state of Jalisco shot down an army helicopter with a rocket launcher, killing 10.

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