updated 8/7/2009 11:14:53 AM ET 2009-08-07T15:14:53

Eleven people were left dead following a running battle between police and gunmen in the central Mexican city of Pachuca.

Hidalgo state police director Donanciano Millan said the dead include two police officers and nine gunmen. He said three state police officers and one city officer were hospitalized after the attacks late Thursday on the outskirts of Pachuca.

Millan said police acting on a tip that gunmen were in the area stopped four trucks carrying the assailants, who opened fire and fled. Officers pursued them, and the two groups exchanged gunfire.

Police were searching the area for more suspects Friday.

Drug violence has killed more than 11,000 people since Mexico launched a national crackdown in 2006.

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