Officials State Gun Fight In Western Mexico Claims At Least 39 Lives

Two government officials said at least 39 people were killed on Friday in a fight between armed civilians and security forces in western Mexico.
The officials, speaking on condition of anonymity, said 37 civilians had been killed in the clash in the state of Michoacan in an area where powerful drug gangs have been active for years.
One of the officials said two police had been killed in the clash, while the other said three had died.
The incident follows a string of shootings and ambushes in the state dating back to December.
The state's history of radical drug-fueled violence dates back to 2006 when the now defunct cartel, La Familia Michoacana, sprouting out of Los Zetas, moved into the state.
The current cartel with the most clout in the state is The Knights Templar.