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2 U.S. government employees hurt in Mexico shooting

- Associated Press - Friday, August 24, 2012

MEXICO CITY (AP) — Two U.S. government employees were shot and wounded in an attack on their vehicle south of Mexico City on Friday, a law enforcement official said.

The two were riding in an armored U.S. Embassy vehicle when they came under fire on a highway leading to the city of Cuernavaca.

The official, speaking on condition of anonymity, said both were hospitalized, one with a wound to the leg and the other hit in the stomach and hand.

The U.S. Embassy had no immediate comment.

A Mexican army official said the SUV with diplomatic plates was found riddled with bullet holes after a report about a shootout on the highway. The army official was not authorized to be quoted by name. He said a Mexican navy captain was also in the vehicle, but was not injured.

Attacks on diplomatic personnel are extremely rare in Mexico.

In 2011, one U.S. agent was killed and one wounded in a drug gang shooting in northern Mexico.

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