Police kill 7 gunmen in central Mexico shootout

Seven gunmen are dead following a pre-dawn shootout with police on a highway in the city of Cuernavaca, south of Mexico City.

A federal police officer is recovering from a gunshot wound to the foot following the confrontation.

The prosecutors office in the central Mexican state of Morelos says the gunmen belonged to an organized crime gang, but did not say which gang.

"Organized crime" in Mexico generally refers to drug cartels, and remnants of the Beltran Leyva cartel have been fighting for control of Cuernavaca.

Prosecutors said the gunmen were traveling in three stolen vehicles when police confronted them early Monday.