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Easter procession becomes scene of a shootout

A shootout between alleged carjackers and police amidst a Good Friday religious procession in the international vacation spot of Acapulco, leaves one of the gunmen dead from a suspected heart attack, while another suspect escapes the scene.

By James Blears

An Easter procession with a crowd dressed as Biblical characters,  had to dive for cover and then flee for their lives  in Acapulco,  due to a shootout between alleged carjackers and the Police.

A video shows the procession which had just enacted the crucifixion of Jesus running, full pelt  down a street,  as gunfire started. 

The person depicting Jesus is seen, trying to shield himself with a large wooden crucifix and being urged to take cover, by flattening himself on the ground.

Police say one of the alleged gunmen died at the scene of a heart attack, while another escaped.  Minutes later a man was shot dead in a nearby house by Police Officers.

Acapulco, which is one of Mexico`s most famous vacation resorts, has descended into a turf war between at least three major drug cartels, fighting tooth an nail for illicit multi million narcotics transporting routes, bound for the United States.   More than 200,000 people have died in Mexico`s Drug War, which is now in its twelfth year.

Listen to James Blears' report
31 March 2018, 16:55