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Three Tijuana Students Ambushed

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Aired 1/7/10

Three Mexican high school students were gunned down in Tijuana as they were leaving school Tuesday afternoon. The killings come as the battle between drug gangs in the border city is heating up again.

Three Mexican high school students were gunned down in Tijuana as they were leaving school Tuesday afternoon. The killings come as the battle between drug gangs in the border city is heating up again.

The three students were ambushed as they were leaving school after exams.

Gunmen fired at least 35 shots at the teenagers' Jeep Cherokee. The bullet riddled vehicle crashed into the curb outside a nursery school.

The Baja California Attorney General's office say the students in the car, two boys and a girl, were all 16 years old.

State investigators say the killers used an AK-47 machine gun, one of the drug cartels favorite weapons. Investigators have not provided information beyond the bare facts of the crime scene.

A spokeswoman at COBACH Jardines La Mesa High School said there won't be a comment on the murders until Monday.

Earlier this week, a 17-year-old Tijuana boy was gunned down outside his Tijuana home. The teen was from one of that city's most prominent families and attended Mater Dae High School in San Diego.

The Attorney General's office say eight minors were killed in Tijuana last year. Not all the deaths were tied to drug violence.

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