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Published On: Tue, Jun 26th, 2012

3 dead in Mexican drug shooting at International airport

Drug trafficking suspects opened fire in a crowded food court at Mexico City’s international airport on Monday, killing three federal policemen who were on an anti-narcotics mission as panicked witnesses dove for cover.

A witness said the shooters also wore police uniforms, and the federal Public Safety Department said it was investigating whether the attackers were active-duty police, former officers or impostors.

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Criminals in Mexico sometimes use false police uniforms.

“When the alleged perpetrators were surrounded by the police, shots were fired against the federal agents,” the statement said. A police spokesman said he could not comment when asked if there had been any arrests.

Television footage showed a body lying on the floor in what appeared to be a publicly accessible area of the airport.

The shootings occurred around the food court, near the area where vehicles drop off passengers but well outside the internal security checkpoints where workers and passengers are screened.

Three shots rang out at first, said witness Israel Lopez, a 23-year-old Mexico City student who had gone to the airport to see off a friend. Lopez didn’t see who those shots were directed at, but then the gunfire came closer.

“We were in the food court, and some policemen came in and started shooting at another policeman who was on the floor,” Lopez said.

“We dove to the floor and covered ourselves with chairs,” Lopez said.

The airport said in a press statement that the terminal and flights were operating normally following what it described as “a dispute in an open-access area.” But the food court remained blocked to public access for hours after the shooting.

 

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