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Raging cartel war leaves 27 dead in one week in the border city of Reynosa

October 19, 2017  |  Posted by: Francesca Falzarano
Raging cartel war leaves 27 dead in one week in the border city of Reynosa

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Cartel murders, abductions, and gun battles proceeded to spread terror in the Mexican border city of Reynosa, which saw close to 30 murders over the course of a week.

The killings have been added to the over 200 tied to the continuing cartel war. The most recent figures indicate that 227 murders have taken place since May; not yet including shootouts that transpired on Sunday.

Reynosa is at the center of a fierce war between two factions that are looking to take control of the cartel.

The fighting shows no signs of slowing down. The latest wave of killings started on October 7th and continued until the 14th, resulting in over 27 murders.

The body of a gunman lays on the street in the Lomas del Pedregal section of Reynosa

One of the murders occurred on October 7th in the Benito Juarez neighborhood. Cartel members beat up a lookout and soon after, the gunmen opened fire on the man and left his body in the middle of the street.

Additionally, a mass grave was found last week in the Puerta Sur neighborhood. Initially, authorities discovered three corpses but eventually uncovered two more–totaling four men and one female.

A day after the mass grave was found, cartel gunmen killed a rival lookout in the Puente Leal area. Soon after, shooters in two SUVs chased down a group of street-level dealers and murdered them.

Furthermore, a cartel incineration site was also located where officials have not been able to ascertain how many bodies were burned. At the scene, police recovered three 55-gallon barrels.

Authorities discovered the location of a cartel mass grave site ass grave, cartel gunmen executed a rival lookout in the Puente Leal neighborhood last week

The location was used by cartel hitmen to dismember the bodies. The practice has made it more problematic for authorities to figure out the number of victims.

By mid-week, a group of cartel gunmen tried to enter Reynosa from the western border cities–leading to a fierce firefight between rivals. State police responded and combatted the attack, but the number of casualties has not been made public. Soon after, at least three murders were reported throughout the border city.

By Friday, the body of a woman was found in the San Valentin community. The victim was wrapped in a blanket and showed signs of torture. During the night, federal forces executed eight gunmen in the Lomas del Pedregal neighborhood during a clash. Before the battle, cartel shooters fought with rivals throughout the city.

On Saturday, police came across six incinerated bodies inside of a car in the Buenavista community near the highway that linksReynosa with San Fernando. Fuerza Tamaulipas officers were dispatched to the scene after neighbors reported strong smells for various days in the area.

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