State police stand next to a charred passenger bus, that was extinguished by firefighters in Guadalajara, Mexico, Friday, May 1, 2015. (AP Photo)
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Gunmen forced down a military helicopter in western Mexico on Friday, killing three troops as violence escalated across Jalisco state during a new operation against a powerful drug cartel.Seven people were killed across Jalisco, including the three soldiers and a state police officer, while 19 people were wounded, officials said. Three gang suspects were killed in the fighting, authorities said. Three-dozen vehicles were set on fire or used as roadblocks in 39 spots affecting 25 towns, including the Pacific resort town of Puerto Vallarta and Guadalajara, Mexico's second biggest city, where residents were urged to stay indoors during the May Day holiday. The New Generation cartel has violently defied authorities this year, killing 20 police officers in two ambushes in March and April.Such tactics have been used by gangs elsewhere in Mexico to try to thwart police and military operations.
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