ACAPULCO, BBC NEWS - At least 15 gunmen thought to be linked to drug cartels and two soldiers have been killed in clashes in the Mexican resort of Acapulco, officials say.
Several soldiers and bystanders were wounded in the two-hour battle, in an old area of the Pacific coast city.
Tourists were evacuated from several hotels in the neighbourhood.
The battle began on Saturday evening, when troops received a tip-off that the gunmen had occupied a house, an officer in charge of the operation told AP.
The gunmen threw grenades at the soldiers and crashed their car when trying to flee, he added. Others arrived as reinforcements but were killed in the fighting.
The BBC's Stephen Gibbs in Mexico City says the fighting will be another deadly blow for Acapulco, whose tourist industry has recently been badly hit by the swine flu outbreak.
Tags: 18 people, dead, clash, gun battle, soldiers, shot, Mexican mob, Avenida Rancho Grande,
Location: Acapulco, Guerrero, Mexico (load item map)
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