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Syrian state TV: Car bombs rock capital, 8 killed

Syrian state TV: Car bombs rock capital, 8 killed

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A series of car bomb explosions rocked Syria's capital Sunday, killing at least eight people and wounding 12, as officials claimed to have foiled a plot to target crowded areas during the first morning commute after a Muslim holiday. State media said a suicide car bomber detonated his payload after being surrounded by security forces, and that two other car bombs were intercepted before entering the city, suggesting those blasts were controlled detonations. Damascus Governor Bashr al-Sabban said two attackers were stopped before rush hour at security checkpoints on the airport road at the entrance to the city, where forces "dealt with them," without elaborating. He said the attackers were heading to the city center where they hoped to cause maximum damage. The Syrian Minister of Local Adm...
19 killed in shootout between Mexican police, rival gangs

19 killed in shootout between Mexican police, rival gangs

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July 1 (UPI) -- At least 19 members of rival gangs died in a shootout with police in Mexico's western Sinaloa state, state prosecutors said.The clashes resulted in injuries to five police officers Friday night.The confrontation started around 8:15 p.m., when members of one gang allegedly killed two people from a rival gang in Villa Union. Police then chased the gunmen and engaged in a shootout in Aguaje, where 17 gang members were killed.Police seized some two dozen weapons and three vans from the gang members.Both local and state police investigated the shootout.Violence in Sinaloa state has surged in the past several months after the extradition of Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman, the former leader of the Sinaloa Cartel. His transfer to the United States has created a leadership vacuum.There w...