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Feds sending more agents to fight Chicago violence

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Associated Press

Federal officials are sending seven more agents to Chicago to help fight violence in the city.

Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives spokesman Tom Ahern says that means there will now be 52 agents in Chicago. He says the agency wanted "to bring more resources to Chicago to combat some of the gun violence."

Ahern says four agents will start Monday. He says the agents will focus on firearms trafficking and stopping the flow of illegal guns into Chicago.

The Chicago Sun-Times reports that U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder says the Department of Justice will do "everything in its power" to help Chicago fight gun violence.

Holder's office says the FBI has 120 agents assigned to Chicago to help stop gangs and violent crime.

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