Drug-related violence on a highway near Ruiz results in 28 killed and four others wounded.

A violent clash between two drug gangs on a highway near the town of Ruiz in western Mexico has killed 28 people and wounded four others. Local media reported that the gangs exchanged high-powered gunfire and grenades for about an hour. Officials say 700 villagers throughout the western state of Michoacan have abandoned their homes and fled to shelters, churches, and other locations due to violence between drug cartels. It is estimated that about 230,000 people in Mexico have been displaced by drug-related violence.

Travellers to Mexico should be aware of the risk of drug-related violence. Most major tourist areas are not affected; however, criminal activity in Mexico is increasing, particularly in the northern border region.

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