By AFP | AFP –
Three federal police officers were killed in a chaotic shootout in Mexico City’s busy international airport when they tried to arrest drug suspects, officials and witnesses said.
The shooting erupted at a crowded food court at around 8:50 am (1350 GMT) Monday, sending panicked travelers diving for cover and racing to hide in bathrooms.
Mexico has been gripped by a wave of drug killings in recent years but the gang violence has mainly been confined to areas along the US border and major ports. There have been no attacks inside the airport in recent memory.
Federal Police said late Monday that the suspects appeared to be airport police who were part of a drug trafficking ring involving corrupt officials, adding that the men had opened fire in order to evade capture.
“Finding themselves surrounded,” the alleged traffickers “opened fire with their weapons against the federal police,” the Public Security ministry