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Cartel gunmen shoot five students during attack on high school in Mexican border state of Tamaulipas

April 29, 2018  |  Posted by: Francesca Falzarano
Cartel gunmen shoot five students during attack on high school in Mexican border state of Tamaulipas

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Cartel gunmen ambushed a public high school in the border state of Tamaulipas and opened fire indiscriminately as students ran for their lives.

In the midst of the chaos, five students were shot before the gunmen fled the area.

Several witnesses claim a failed kidnapping attempt may have potentially caused the shooting.

The violence occurred at Federal High School #1 in Ciudad Victoria, where students stated that a group of gunmen went up to the door and opened fire.

Five students from Federalized High School Number 1 in Ciudad Victoria, Tamaulipas, were injured in the attack Photo: Twitter

Eyewitnesses gunmen walked up and down the halls shooting students who tried to flee, according to Proceso.

The gunmen then got into a Chevrolet Cavalier and drove toward the Palmar neighborhood.

Emergency personnel from a government clinic rushed to the scene to care for the injured students.

One of the students is a male in serious condition while two females and two other males are reportedly stable.

Tamaulipas state security officials tracked down three alleged gunmen and two women who are believed to be involved.

The head of the cell was identified as Juan Fernando Parra Felix, 27, of Nuevo Laredo.

The other gunmen and accomplices have only been identified as Ulises Francisco, Victor Manuel, Amairani, and Marcela Janeth.

The shooting is the first of its kind in the Mexican state where cartel members start fierce gun battles that murder innocent bystanders.

Ciudad Victoria is ground zero for a violent territorial war between rival groups of Los Zetas.

The Cartel Del Noreste (CDN) has been fighting for control of the city against the Old School Zetas allied with remnants of the Gulf Cartel.

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