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Mother and children killed by crossfire from Mexican military helicopter during cartel gun battle near Texas border

April 8, 2018  |  Posted by: Francesca Falzarano
Mother and children killed by crossfire from Mexican military helicopter during cartel gun battle near Texas border

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The Mexican military confirmed that an infantryman aboard a Navy helicopter patrolling near the Texas border shot and killed three family members after they were caught in the crossfire of a violent cartel gun fight.

A woman and two children died from their injuries, while the man lived.

The dispute took place in Nuevo Laredo, Tamaulipas, located across the border from Laredo, Texas.

The family was driving along one of the main streets in Nuevo Laredo when they approached an area where armed cartel operatives were ambushing Mexican military units, according to Breitbart Texas.

Gunmen with the Cartel Del Noreste faction of the Los Zetas had been executing a series of coordinated attacks on Mexican Navy infantrymen leading to several hours of firefights that ultimately resulted in the family being killed in the crossfire. Initial reports stated to a woman, a man and two young girls were dead at the scene. However, it was later noted that the girls’ father survived.

Mexico’s Attorney General’s Office revealed the new information on the case during a news conference where they verified that the family was shot at from a helicopter.

Anselmo Apodaca Sanchez, the director of forensics for Mexico’s Criminal Investigations Agency, announced the details of the crime scene as he reported that over 3,000 ammunition rounds were fired during the battle near the area where the family was shot.

In response to the gun battle, the Mexican Navy dispatched a helicopter to give air support to ground troops.

Nuevo Laredo, a border city, located south of Laredo, Texas, is considered to be the primary stronghold of Cartel Del Noreste and one of their main human and drug trafficking corridors. The CDN has been battles their rivals including other Los Zetas cells and the Gulf Cartel in violent territorial wars throughout the state of Tamaulipas.

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