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Almost 400 Killed from cartel violence Mexican Border city of Reynosa since May 2017

January 27, 2018  |  Posted by: Francesca Falzarano
Almost 400 Killed from cartel violence Mexican Border city of Reynosa since May 2017

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Nearly 400 people have lost their lives since May 2017 as a direct result of spiraling cartel violence, which has transformed the border city of Reynosa into one of the most dangerous cities in the world.

The raging violence has forced Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto to cancel an upcoming local visit.

Mexican officials made the decision after Reynosa suffered days of intense gun battles between rival cartel factions and military forces.

Reynosa, which sits on the border with Texas, is considered to be a significant trading hub for both industry and tourism.

However, the area is also an essential route employed by cartels to smuggle thousands of migrants and large amounts of drugs illegally into the U.S each year

Cartel Gunmen have roamed the streets of Reynosa, clashing in public areas

Because of the strategic importance of the region; drug cartels are battling for control of smuggling territories–which has resulted in fierce gun battles over the years.

The most recent surge of violence ignited just after Mexican authorities killed Juan Manuel or Julian “Toro” Loiza Salinas, the former head of the Gulf Cartel in Reynosa.

The death of the cartel plaza chief left a power vacuum where his family members and allies attempted to hold on to power and declared war on another faction of the Gulf Cartel.

The violence has resulted in convoys of gunmen roaming the streets with impunity, engaging fierce firefights with rivals and security forces in public areas and burning vehicles as cartel roadblocks throughout Reynosa and Rio Bravo.

Since last May Reynosa has recorded 387 intentional homicides as a result of the cartel turf war, according to official data released by the Mexican government.

The split within the Gulf Cartel has resulted in almost daily gun battles in the border city

Among the scores killed in the violence include cartel gunmen, fallen military and officers, innocent bystanders, and the remains of those discovered in the mass graves of incineration sites.

While the city managed to see a brief period of peace at the beginning of 2018, violence dramatically increased as cartel gunmen in convoys took to the streets again in an attempt to gain control of strategic smuggling routes surrounding the Reynosa region.

Last week, a least six soldiers were wounded during a rollover that took place during a clash. One of those soldiers has since died, Breitbart Texas reported.

Several armed cartel gunmen were killed during clashes within a duration of two days last week.

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