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3 killed in inmate hunt shootout near US border

Friday, September 21, 2012
A group of Mexican federal police stand in front of the prison in Piedras Negras, Mexico, Monday Sept. 17, 2012. Authorities say 132 inmates have escaped from this jail in northern Mexico, sparking a search by federal police and soldiers in an area close to the U.S. border. (AP Photo/Adriana Alvarado)

Authorities in Mexico say three gunmen have been killed after attacking police hunting for inmates who joined in a mass escape from a prison near the U.S. border.

The Coahuila state prosecutor's office says the gunmen were in a truck in a residential area of the border city of Piedras Negras when they fired on state police officers Thursday who were helping look for some of the 131 prisoners who fled a nearby prison early in the week.

Investigators have yet to determine whether the dead gunmen were escapees. The statement says the truck matches records of a vehicle stolen in San Antonio, Texas.

Authorities say the Zetas drug cartel orchestrated the prison break apparently with the help of prison personnel. Three escapees have been recaptured so far.

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