Mexico gunfight near Texas border leaves over a dozen dead

Mexico gunfight near Texas border leaves over a dozen dead

Mexico gunfight near Texas border leaves over a dozen dead

"These groups won't be allowed to enter state territory", the government of Coahuila said in a statement.

A damaged pick up marked with the initials C.D.N., that in Spanish stand for Cartel of the Northeast, is on the streets after the gunbattle.

More than a dozen people were killed in a gunfight between armed civilians and the Mexican security sources near the USA border in northern Mexico, according to local media on December 1. Three other bodies had not been identified.

The hour-long firefight erupted when an armed group invaded the town of Villa Union in a convoy of pick-up trucks, storming local government offices.

The City Hall of Villa Union is riddled with bullet holes after a gun battle between Mexican security forces and suspected cartel gunmen, Saturday, Nov. 30, 2019.

The town is about 35 miles (60 kilometers) south-southwest of Eagle Pass, Texas, and 12 miles (20 kilometers) from the town of Allende - site of a 2011 massacre involving the Zetas cartel in which officials say 70 died.

Bullets began spraying Villa Union when a convoy of vehicles showed up in town, as seen in video clips posted on social media of the battle.

The alleged cartel gunmen attacked the mayor's office building, leaving the facade riddled with bullet holes, according to photographs published on the governor's Twitter account.

Security forces will remain in the town for several days to restore a sense of calm, the governor said. -Mexican origin from Mormon communities in northern Mexico, and the armed forces' release of a captured son of drug lord Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman under pressure from cartel gunmen in the city of Culiacan. "But such a thing is yet to be presented by (President) López Obrador and his team", said Ernst.

Most of the downed gunmen, who were suspected members of the Cartel of the Northeast from Tamaulipas state to the east, were killed by state police in pursuit of the raiding party after it fled the town, Coahuila's government said.

Lopez Obrador said Mexico would handle the problem, a view echoed by Riquelme as he spoke to reporters, Reuters reports.

He was already facing pressure from the USA following the November 4 massacre of three women and six children with dual American and Mexican citizenship who were living in a breakaway Mormon community in the state of Sonora.

Coahuila has a history of gang violence, although the number of killings is well below the level seven years ago.

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