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Massive gun battle between rival cartels erupts just south of Texas border: VIDEO

July 15, 2016  |  Posted by: JammedUp Staff
Massive gun battle between rival cartels erupts just south of Texas border: VIDEO

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Gunfire from automatic weapons had the residents of a Mexican border seeking shelter as rival cartels faced off in a massive gun battle earlier this week.

The streets of City of Miguel Aleman located in an area called La Ribereña just across Roma, Texas, quickly transformed into a battlefield after two convoys of rival cartel gunmen faced off around 6:30 a.m. on Wednesday.

The gun battle, which lasted close to a half-hour spiraled into several rolling shootouts after Mexican security forces finally arrived at the scene forcing both sides to flee.

According to Breitbart Texas, the battle took place in the downtown area and quickly spread throughout surrounding neighborhoods.

The lack of border security and physical barriers makes the area a prime drug trafficking corridor, which is essential to the cartels specifically the Gulf Cartel, who in the past have fiercely disputed the area with ruthless Los Zetas criminal organization.

As Mexican forces arrived at the scene, cartel operatives from both sides carried out a series of tactical maneuvers to evade capture.

Along the two entry points of the town’s main boulevards, lookouts carjacked vehicles including passenger buses to set up blockades and deployed hundreds of road spikes to deter pursuing police forces.

Hundreds of shell casings as a result of the shootout littered the streets

Hundreds of shell casings as a result of the shootout littered the streets Miguel Aleman

Unconfirmed reports and eyewitness accounts by residents of the city indicate at least one gunman killed in the battle and left dozens homes and buildings damaged by stray gunfire.

In a statement, the Tamaulipas government made no mention of a cartel shootout and attempted to minimize reports claiming nobody was hurt or killed in the violence.

However, the day after the incident, a banner outside a school in Miguel Aleman allegedly hung by a Los Zetas faction known as Cartel Del Noreste (CDN) taunted the Gulf Cartel.

Sources say the Zetas foray into the territory controlled by the Gulf Cartel indicates a likely spike in violence along the border in the coming days and weeks.

Originally made up of former elite Mexican commandos, Los Zetas were first recruited by the Gulf Cartel as a paramilitary enforcer group.

However, in 2010 a split between the two organizations would result in a violent turf war for territorial control of the northeast corridors along the Texas border region.

Dozens of buildings and houses were riddled with bullets from the gun battle

Dozens of buildings and houses were riddled with bullets from the gun battle

In recent years, Los Zetas have fragmented with the loss of key leaders, many of whom were either killed or arrested.

For the past eight months, the CDN, the faction out of Nuevo Laredo, has been enthralled in a brutal war with a rival faction from Ciudad Victoria consisting of some of the original founders of Los Zetas.

Evidence now even suggests of an alliance between the Old School Zetas and the Gulf Cartel.

The battle for territorial control of smuggling routes began in Ciudad Victoria but has recently spread to Nuevo Laredo resulting in almost daily shootouts, kidnappings, executions, gruesome decapitations, and attacks on local businesses.

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