At least 44 people were killed during clashes between security forces and suspected drug gang members on Friday in western Mexico, according to local officials. At least two police officers were shot dead and another one badly wounded, Reuters quoted a source as saying. The other 42 people killed were suspected members of the of the Jalisco New Generation (JNG) cartel. The armed battle took place in the Tanhuato municipality, Michoacan state – an area known for drug cartels. Police reportedly received a tip about armed men gathering at a local ranch and moved in by air and land.