9 suspected cartel members killed in Mexico border city
14 March 2016, 13:44
Ciudad Victoria – At least nine suspected criminals died in
gun battles with government forces on Sunday during an anti-cartel operation in
the city of Reynosa, which sits across the US border from McAllen, Texas,
Mexican authorities said.
The Tamaulipas state government had earlier reported 10 dead in
violence that it said erupted early on Sunday after soldiers, marines and
police began the operation aimed at a drug cartel that operates in Reynosa.
A state police official who insisted on anonymity told The
Associated Press that the operation was aimed at arresting the Gulf Cartel's
leader in Reynosa. The official would not say if Juan Manuel Loza, also known
as "El Comandante Toro," was caught.
The state government said at least three armed clashes occurred
over several hours, and gang members also set vehicles on fire and blocked
roads. Four soldiers were injured when their vehicle overturned, officials
Similar events happened in April 2015 when authorities launched an
offensive against another local leader of the Gulf Cartel.
Tamaulipas has suffered through several waves of violence in
recent years tied to the drug trade. The Gulf Cartel battled with its former
allies in the Zetas cartel for a number of years, but officials say that
violence since 2015 has often resulted from a dispute between rival factions of
the Gulf Cartel.