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City Under Siege: Non-stop shootouts ignite fear, uncertainty in the Mexican border city of Reynosa

February 26, 2017  |  Posted by: Francesca Falzarano
City Under Siege: Non-stop shootouts ignite fear, uncertainty in the Mexican border city of Reynosa

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The continuing pursuit of the regional leader of the Gulf Cartel in the Mexican border city of Reynosa, Tamaulipas has led to more than nine days of shootouts.

The violent confrontations between the Mexican military and Gulf cartel operatives have resulted in the deaths of at least 14 people – most of whom were purported gunmen. However, eyewitness accounts by local residents report the death toll as much higher.

Mexican authorities have been targeting the Gulf Cartel leadership in Reynosa. Police have focused their efforts to apprehend or kill Gulf Cartel leader Julian “Comandante Toro” Loisa Salinas, who is also known as Juan Manuel Loisa Salinas.

Law enforcement’s attempts to capture Loisa met massive resistance from Gulf Cartel operatives who continue to fight against military units.

Operations targeting the Gulf Cartel leadership in Reynosa have entered its tenth consecutive day

Residents have also reported of narco-blockades throughout the city as gunmen set fire to cars and burned tires in an effort to impede the military’s progress into the city.

The intensity of the fighting escalated to the point the Mexican military forces had to dispatch helicopters with miniguns and other artillery weapons to fight off the cartels. During the battles, cartel gunmen also used hundreds of makeshift road spikes to try and slow down authorities.

According to Breitbart Texas El Toro may have possibly fled Reynosa and was forced to turn control of the plaza to another Gulf Cartel leader.

The continuous violence has sparked rumors regarding a curfew placed in the city where residents were asked to not be out on the city streets after a certain time.

Mexican federal police and Marines have mobilized throughout the city of Reynosa

The rumors continued to spread through social media as well as messaging apps increasing the level of concern among citizens.

Tamaulipas law enforcement officials stated that government agencies at the local, state, nor federal level have not implemented this measure.

As JammedUp News reported, the military operation may have also caused an insurrection within the Gulf Cartel after authorities discovered the tortured remains of Martin Romo Lopez alias “Don Chucho,” a high-ranking lieutenant, at an irrigation canal called Anzalduas.

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