Gunmen hit army chopper in Mexico, three troops dead

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GUADALAJARA, Mexico: Gunmen forced down a military helicopter in western Mexico on Friday, killing three troops as violence escalated across Jalisco state during a new operation against a powerful drug cartel. Seven people were killed across Jalisco, including the three soldiers and a state police officer, while 19 people were wounded, officials said. Three gang suspects were killed in the fighting, authorities said. Three-dozen vehicles were set on fire or used as roadblocks in 39 spots affecting 25 towns, including the Pacific resort town of Puerto Vallarta and Guadalajara, Mexico’s second biggest city, where residents were urged to stay indoors during the May Day holiday.

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