5 teens die struck by gunmen fleeing Mexican army

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Associated Press

Posted on December 18, 2013 at 8:32 PM

Updated Wednesday, Dec 18 at 8:36 PM

MEXICO CITY (AP) — Mexican authorities say five teenage students were killed when they were run over by armed men trying to escape from soldiers in a northern border city.

Tamaulipas state prosecutors say the students were waiting for a bus to take them home after class Wednesday in Reynosa, a city across from McAllen, Texas. Their ages ranged between 13 and 15.

Two armed men were being chased by soldiers when they lost control of their pick-up truck, skidding and striking the students on the side of the road. They also hit two cars parked outside the school, injuring a woman and her 5-year-old daughter. The men fled.

Tamaulipas has been the scene of fighting between the Zetas and the Gulf drug cartels. Soldiers and marines have taken over regular police duties.

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