June 9th, 2009
04:30 PM ET

3 Mexican officers killed in Acapulco

[cnn-photo-caption image=http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2009/WORLD/americas/06/08/mexico.violence/art.acapulco.getty.afp.jpg caption="Suspected gang members are handcuffed after a gunbattle in Acapulco, Mexico, on Saturday."]
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Gunmen killed three police officers in Acapulco, Mexico, early Monday morning in attacks on two police stations, the state news agency Notimex reported.

The attacks came two days after a ferocious street gunbattle that left 18 people dead, including two soldiers.

Mexican soldiers, in trucks and helicopters kept watch over the resort town Monday. Along with swine flu fears, the uptick in violence threatens the tourist economy of Acapulco and other popular resort areas.

Witnesses told police that just before 6 a.m., gunmen armed with AK-47s stepped out of two luxury vehicles, walked toward the police station in the Ciudad Renacimiento neighborhood and began shooting.

Acapulco officers Gilberto Reducindo Salazar and Arturo Tonala Aguilar were killed in that incident, according to Notimex.

Shortly afterward, at a second local police station, attackers fatally wounded officer Andres Guzman Casiano, Notimex said. A fourth officer was injured.

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