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Mexican authorities kill seven Los Zetas cartel gunmen in border state gunbattle

December 12, 2017  |  Posted by: Francesca Falzarano
Mexican authorities kill seven Los Zetas cartel gunmen in border state gunbattle

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Seven armed members of the Los Zetas Vieja Escuela Cartel were killed in a shootout with Mexican authorities in Mante, which is the central part of the border state of Tamaulipas.

The dispute occurred this week in Ciudad Mante and continued longer because the gunmen managed to use the brush for cover.

According to Breitbart Texas, the gunmen were at their training camp and living quarters. While residents knew of the encampment, intimidation efforts kept locals’ tips to police to a minimum until the shootout.

Authorities killed seven gunmen at a cartel training camp in Northern Mexico

The armed cartel members were on a dirt road that leads to a local swimming hole called El Nacimiento, a tourist hotspot.

Officers with Fuerza Tamaulipas and the attorney general’s office went to the area and were met with gunfire. Seven cartel gunmen were killed in the incident.

Officers confiscated two AR-15 rifles, three AK-47s, a revolver, and a 9mm handgun.

Mexican forces raided the encampment and immediately came under fire sparking a firefight

Police also recovered body armor and ammunition magazines. The unnamed shooters were associated with the Vieja Escuela Zeta Cartel, which was once a group that was loyal to the Los Zetas.

In recent weeks, Mante has been subject to a wave of violence after the arrival of a Los Zetas faction known as the Cartel Del Noreste (CDN).

While at one time the CDN and the Vieja Escuela were one and went by the name Los Zetas, the factions split in 2014 under the suspicion that family members of jailed Zetas boss Miguel Angel “Z-40” Treviño Morales deceived the founders of the crime syndicate to gain control of the drug organization.

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