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Deadly gun battles break out on Tijuana streets

Gun battles between drug traffickers erupted in the streets of Tijuana on Saturday, killing at least 12 people, Mexican police said.

Gun battles between drug traffickers erupted in the streets of Tijuana on Saturday, killing at least 12 people, Mexican police said.

It's not clear exactly how many were killed in the violence, with one report putting the death toll at 15. Several people also were injured.

According to reports, drug traffickers fired on each other from moving cars on one of the Mexican border city's main streets. Photos from the scene showed bodies and assault rifles on the street.

Police suspect the shootouts involved members of the same drug cartel settling feuds within the group.

Drug gangs have staged a series of bloody shootouts and assassinations in Tijuana in recent years as part of running turf battles for control of lucrative trafficking routes. Tijuana is on the Mexican border with California, about a half-hour south of San Diego.

Mexico has seen a spike in gang-related killings since the beginning of the year. The government has described the violence as revenge for Mexican President Felipe Calderon's year-old crackdown on organized crime, which has sent thousands of soldiers and federal police in to patrol violence-plagued cities nationwide.

With files from the Associated Press