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Gunman kills two on Mexico subway

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The gunman is tackled by a man as crowds flee from the station

Two people were killed when a man confronted by police for scrawling graffiti at a Mexico City subway station opened fire on passers-by.

Five other people were hurt in the incident, which happened on Friday afternoon at Balderas station, a major interchange.

The gunman, identified as 38-year-old Luis Felipe Hernandez Castillo, was then captured by police.

A police officer and a man who tried to tackle him were killed in the incident.

Footage of the shooting showed rush-hour commuters scattering as the man opened fire.

One man is seen trying repeatedly to grab hold of the gunman, before being shot.

The gunman then retreated to a carriage before being surrounded and captured by police.

A witness told the Associated Press news agency that the man shouted that his attack was "against the government".

Police chief Manuel Mondragon said he would assign more officers to patrol the subway system.



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