Federal police, soldiers to patrol Mexico state

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Associated Press

Posted on March 31, 2014 at 9:00 PM

Updated Monday, Mar 31 at 9:00 PM

MEXICO CITY (AP) — Mexico's government is sending federal police and soldiers to help quell an increase in violence in Mexico state, the country's most populous state that borders the capital.

Interior Secretary Miguel Angel Osorio Chong said Monday federal forces will patrol and also carry out operations at bars and night clubs, where shootouts and killings have been a common occurrence in recent months.

Osorio Chong says the federal government is sending the help at the request of Mexico state Gov. Eruviel Avila.

He says the agents and soldiers will remain in the area through 2018, when the administration of President Enrique Pena Nieto ends. Pena Nieto was governor of Mexico state before being elected president.

Davila said 6,000 surveillance cameras have been installed throughout the state.

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