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Police commander, at least 10 others killed in Mexican state


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XALAPA, Mexico (AP) -- Gunmen burst into a restaurant and killed a state commander for federal police and two other officers on another bloody day in the Mexican state of Veracruz.

The policemen were among at least 11 people slain in the state on Saturday, including four children, according to local officials.

Veracruz Gov. Miguel Angel Yunes issued a video calling the killers "beasts" and "cowards" and repeated his vow to crack down on organized crime in the troubled Gulf coast state.

"We are going to do everything, whatever it may be," he said. "Veracruz will not be hostage to these animals."

The killing of federal police commissioner Camilo Castagne in the city of Cardel came two days after he had appeared with Yunes at an anti-crime event that was prompted by the discovery of dismembered bodies in bags left outside the office of a security official.

The state has suffered waves of killings, kidnappings and extortion by organized crime gangs. Federal statistics indicate 625 people were killed in Veracruz during the first five months of 2017, a 93 percent jump over the same period last year. And at least 300 bodies have been unearthed from mass graves used by gangs to bury their victims.

Yunes took office late last year following turmoil over the resignation of former Gov. Javier Duarte, who vanished while facing corruption allegations. He was tracked down and arrested in Guatemala in April and faces extradition proceedings. Mexican prosecutors accuse him of using front men and shell companies to amass properties acquired with money stolen from the state.

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