MEXICO CITY (October 23, 2012)--Seven people, including two women were killed in a shootout with marines in the northern Mexican state of Zacatecas, a Zetas cartel stronghold, authorities said.
A spokesman for the state's prosecutors said the marines had just arrived at a safe house just outside the city of Zacatecas early Friday when they were attacked by an armed group.
Jorge Flores said the gunfight lasted for two hours.
The seven alleged criminals killed have not been identified.
The Mexican Navy said it has no information on the shootout.
The state of Zacatecas apparently has been a hot spot in the falling out between the leaders of the brutal Zetas gang.
One of them, Heriberto Lazcano, was killed two weeks ago by marines in the neighboring state of Coahuila. Miguel Angel Trevino remains a fugitive.