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Mexico reports large-scale firefight in cartel stronghold

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 Two Mexican officials say a large-scale firefight broke out Friday when federal forces came under fire in an area of western Mexico dominated by drug cartels.

   One official said a convoy of federal police and soldiers were ambushed near the border of Michoacan and Jalisco states. Neither official could confirm a number of dead. A federal police official said the country's top security officials are en route to assess what happened.

   The area between Michoacan and Jalisco is known as a stronghold of the Jalisco New Generation Cartel, which has mounted several large-scale attacks on federal and state forces in recent weeks.

   Both sources spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to speak to the press.

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