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Highway shootouts in Nuevo Laredo kill eleven people killed including innocent bystander

September 4, 2016  |  Posted by: JammedUp Staff
Highway shootouts in Nuevo Laredo kill eleven people killed including innocent bystander Patrullaje de la PFP en la Ciudad de Nuevo Laredo, Tamps., Foto-Benjamin Flores-Proceso

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A pair of highway shootouts in the border city of Nuevo Laredo, Mexico, located just across from Laredo, Texas, between the Mexican Marines and suspected drug cartel members resulted in the deaths of 11 people including an innocent bystander on Saturday.

The violence prompted the Tamaulipas state government to temporarily shut down the National Highway which leads from Monterrey-Nuevo Leon,  a primary route for travel and commerce between Mexico and the United States.

In a statement by the Tamaulipas Coordination Group, the agency responsible for overseeing security in the state, officials said the armed clashes occurred early Saturday after a patrol of Marines encountered a convoy of armed gunmen which ignited an intense gunbattle.

According to the Associated Press, soldiers killed eights suspected cartel operatives and recovered an SUV along with high caliber weapons and hundreds of rounds of ammunition.

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A total of 13 people were killed from Thursday to Saturday in shootouts between Mexican forces and cartel gunmen in Nuevo Laredo

Authorities said an hour later, another shootout erupted nearby after military units conducting a search encountered additional suspects who managed to flee the scene of the first incident which resulted in the deaths of two suspects.

Officials said an innocent woman, who was driving in her car, was also hit by a stray bullet and died a short time later at a nearby hospital.

U.S. authorities also confirmed the gunfire was heard on the northern side of the border, Breitbart Texas reported.

On Saturday evening, Carlos Canturosas, the Mayor of Nuevo Laredo announced on Facebook that the highway, which handles nearly half of the export-import commerce between the U.S. and Mexico, was reopened.

On Thursday morning, Marines also killed two suspected cartel gunmen after a gun battle erupted in the downtown section of Nuevo Laredo, which is a known stronghold of the ruthless Los Zetas criminal organization.

Several gunmen were arrested after a shootouts erupted on a highway in Northern Mexico

Several gunmen were arrested after a shootout erupted on Thursday in Northern Mexico

In the past nine months, a brutal turf war resulting from a split within the Zetas, which initially erupted in Ciudad Victoria has since spread to Nuevo Laredo and other border areas.

A faction consisting of several of the original founding members of the Los Zetas, known as the ‘Old School Zetas’  based out of Ciudad Victoria, have gone to war for control of territories against the CDN (Cartel Del Noreste.)

The CDN is the group from Nuevo Laredo, led by the family of jailed boss Miguel Angel Trevino, alias Z40.

The conflict has resulted in unspeakable acts of violence being committed by both sides. Gruesome decapitations, beheadings, shootouts and countless executions have become a daily occurrence in both cities. Attacks have even targeted woman and children.

However, the escalation of violence has  now compelled cartel gunmen defending their turf, to search for rivals out in the open in various cities, which has lead to increased confrontations with the military.

 

 

 

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