Police in Mexico kill 5 suspects, free 2 kidnap victims in raid on house in coastal city

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Mexican police say they have killed five members of a drug cartel and rescued two kidnap victims at a house in the Gulf coast state of Veracruz.

State police said Thursday that the suspects opened fire on members of an elite police unit during a raid on the house in the coastal city of Poza Rica. Officers returned fire, killing all the suspects. Two kidnap victims were found inside the house and rescued unharmed.

The Zetas drug cartel has been active in the area in the past.

However, government forces have also frequently been involved in lopsided confrontations with criminal suspects, in which all the suspects but no law enforcement personnel die.

A similar confrontation in June in another state resulted in soldiers being charged with executing suspects.