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Cartel civil war explodes leaving twelve people killed in Mexican border city of Reynosa

May 5, 2017  |  Posted by: Francesca Falzarano
Cartel civil war explodes leaving twelve people killed in Mexican border city of Reynosa

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Numerous cartel gunmen prowled the streets of Reynosa in a fierce war for control of this border city. While official government statistics do not reflect the extent of clashes; the persisting violence has led to the streets being vacant before nightfall as citizens fear being caught in the crossfire.

So far the violence in the city has resulted in the deaths of 12 people.

Fighting erupted on Tuesday night and stretched into Wednesday evening when opposing groups of the Gulf Cartel rolled through the streets of Reynosa targeting rivals, according to Proceso.

Rival Gulf cartel factions have transformed Reynosa into a war zone

Wherever the convoys met, the sound of shots and grenades exploding followed soon after. State and military police also guarded the streets to contain the violence.

The battles reveal a ferocious war which has erupted for control of Reynosa between a Gulf Cartel froup which had been headed by Juan Manuel  Loiza Salinas also known as“Comandante Toro or Metro 42, M-42” against the remaining cartel factions.

Loiza Salinas was killed during a gun battle last month while trying to evade capture by Mexican Marines.

Gulf Cartel leaderJuan Manuel Loiza Salinas was killed in a gun battle with Mexican Marines last month

The fall of the cartel boss caused a power vacuum within the Gulf Cartel.

One unit is made up of Toro’s nephew and once chief bodyguard, Alberto “Betillo” Salinas, who has gathered the assistance of cartel commanders: Luis Alberto “Pelochas or M-28” Blanco Flores; Petronilo “Comandante Panilo or M-70” Moreno Flores; and Metro 19, Metro 105, and Manuelito gunmen.

During the conflict, the gunmen from this faction marked M-42 on the various cars they used.

The white M-42 letters helped identify gunmen from one faction but also honored the deceased Comandante Toro.

A trailer was left in the middle of a roadway near the border city on Tuesday

The other group consists of commanders Jesus “Guero Jessi” Garcia who was once a close colleague of Toro; Armando “Choco or M90” Leon Garcia; Eduardo Ismael “El Negro” Flores Borrego; Miguel Angel “Miguelito” Alvarez Campos; along with gunmen Visco, Surdo, and Beto Bavas.

The fighting continued throughout the night and moved into the morning where gunmen from both groups also battled with military and police forces.

By Wednesday afternoon, occasional shoot-outs occurred, resulting in the death of least one gunman outside of a shopping center and a taxi driver being caught in the shooting.

Authorities managed to seal the area and document those killings.

A burnt out vehicle remains in the middle of a major roadway in Reynosa as rival Gulf cartel factions fight for control of the border city of Reynosa

According to Breitbart Texas, citizen reporters noted other conflicts where several shooters were killed. According to citizens, crews of gunmen drove around the city picking up the bodies of fallen men.

On Wednesday, the Tamaulipas Government issued a statement confirming ten blockades, one carjacking, and one attack against the military by a convoy of cartel members. Authorities confiscated nine cartel vehicles, assault rifles and large caches of ammunition.

Officials claimed that the situation was fragile, but not out of control. They also claimed the conflict was due to a fight between criminal groups and police had helped curb the violence. They also alleged that information had been leaked with the purpose of spreading fear and asked citizens to remain calm.

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