(CNN) -- Twelve drug gang suspects were killed Thursday in a shootout with Mexican soldiers in Durango state, the military said.
Military officials were tipped off that a group of armed men were staying at a ranch known as "El Cazadero," the national defense secretary's office said. The soldiers were fired at when they arrived at the ranch, the military said in a release Thursday.
The 12 suspects were killed in the firefight, officials said. Three soldiers were wounded.
Authorities said they confiscated 12 rifles, 13 bullet-proof vests and four vehicles.