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Mexican military intensifies anti-cartel operations in border city of Reynosa deploying 400 additional troops

April 4, 2017  |  Posted by: JammedUp Staff
Mexican military intensifies anti-cartel operations in border city of Reynosa deploying 400 additional troops

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The Mexican military has intensified anti-cartel operations through the deployment of an additional 400 troops to the border state of Tamaulipas in the wake of ongoing clashes with organized crime groups.

The escalation in military operations is part of an overall new security strategy announced by Tamaulipas Governor Francisco Cabeza de Vaca, aimed at dismantling several Gulf Cartel factions operating in the region.

Officials say 417 troops from the 15th Motorized Cavalry Regiment based in Chiapas were deployed to the city of Reynosa, El Manana reported.

The additional mobilization of troops comes one week after 500 soldiers were dispatched to Ciudad Mier.

Mexican troops arrive in northern Mexico to support ongoing operations in the Tamaulipas state.

Early morning raids carried out in Reynosa by battle hardened marines have sparked fierce firefights.

In response to the military action, cartel gunmen set up narco-blockades, burning vehicles, tires and laying out road spikes to impede the military’s movement.

Security forces responded by deploying helicopter gunships to root out gunmen.

The intense military operations have forced the Gulf Cartel’s regional boss, Julian “Comandante Toro” Loiza Salinas to flee the area.

Local reports indicate Salinas may have fled into Texas seeking refuge.

Meanwhile, Army troops and the Fuerza Tamaulipas state police clashed with cartel operatives on Sunday, resulting in several gunmen killed at a security checkpoint in the border town of Miguel Alemán, located just across from Roma, Texas, on Sunday afternoon.

The gun battle, which erupted around noon on the Boulevard Miguel Alemán, resulted in four cartel operatives killed and another two detained.

A Bullet-riddled hummer remains following a fierce gunbattle in Miguel Aleman on Sunday

Mexican military officials said army troops and marines were forced to rescue several families who had been trapped inside several establishments during the fierce exchange.

Security forces closed main avenues and activated search operations for the remaining gunmen who managed to flee the area.

In another incident, a group of gunmen ambushed a Fuerza Tamaulipas patrol in the municipality of San Fernando.

Two suspected cartel members were killed in the shootout.

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