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Mexican Authorities Attacked at Camargo Bridge

Saturday, April 24, 2010 |

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Camargo, Tamaulipas - Gunmen opened fire on the Mexican side of the Rio Grande City-Camargo International Bridge Saturday morning.

Tamaulipas officials confirmed the attack on the state's emergency notification system about noon amid a flurry of unconfirmed rumors about the assault, providing few details about the incident. A Mexican customs facility at the port of entry was damaged, but officials did not report any injuries during Monday’s confrontation between federal authorities and the armed civilians.

Also that morning, officials found three bullet-riddled bodies in the city’s Rancherias community.

Calls made to Camargo city officials were unanswered Saturday.

U.S. customs officials said they "are aware of what's going on in Mexico," but the incident has not affected operations at the American portion of the bridge.

"Whatever happened, happened in Mexico," said Eddie Perez, a spokesman for U.S. Customs and Border Protection. "Not here."

Perez said there was no southbound traffic at the port of entry, but he could not confirm whether bridge owners or Mexican officials had blocked off southbound lanes.

Voicemail messages left for Starr Camargo Bridge Co. were not returned Saturday.

Starr County Sheriff Rene Fuentes said officials at the port of entry requested units to monitor the American side of the bridge in case the attacks reach his jurisdiction.

"We’re hearing that 15 to 20 trucks of bad guys attacked the Mexican side," the sheriff said. "We’ve got a lot of people coming in to Rio Grande City from the Mexican side."

One woman who asked not to be identified said shots rang out at the H.E.B. grocery store in Rio Grande City. People rushed inside the building to seek shelter from the gunfire, she said.

Hidalgo County Sheriff Lupe Treviño said he has placed three SWAT units and 30 additional deputies on alert as a precaution.

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Federal building attacked in Miguel Aleman

Mexican authorities are investigating a Thursday night attack on a federal building in Miguel Aleman.


The Tamaulipas Ministry of Public Safety (SSP) reported that Mexico's Attorney General's Office (PGR) building was attacked there Thursday night.

No details were given about the type of attack but the SSP reported there were no injuries.

Authorities have not reported whether or not any group has claimed responsibility for the attack.

Federal authorities are investigating the attack.

Miguel Aleman is located across the border from Roma.

The attack on the PGR building happened on the same night that three police stations were attacked in Reynosa.

At least one police station was attacked using an explosive device.

The region has seen an increase in violence as former allies the Gulf Cartel and Los Zetas battle for control of lucrative drug smuggling routes.

'Narco-Blockade' reported in Reynosa neighborhood

Authorities temporarily asked area residents to avoid a busy Reynosa neighborhood following a blockade and shootout that left three wounded.


Reynosa city officials reported the incident in the Colonia Las Fuentes around 5:30 p.m. Friday.

Officials said a blockade had been set up at the intersection of Boulevard Del Maestro and Calle Fuente de Diana.

The Tamaulipas Ministry of Public Safety (SSP) confirmed a that a shootout took place in the neighborhood between federal authorities and armed men.

The SSP reported that three civilians were wounded in the battle but did not identify them.

Reynosa city officials lifted the warning around 6 p.m. Friday.

Boulevard Del Maestro is a busy arterial road runs east to west through the central part of the embattled border city.

The boulevard and the Colonia Las Fuentes neighborhood are located behind the Plaza Real shopping center and popular stores such HEB, Home Depot, Sierra Madre Brewing Company and Sanborn's.

Reynosa went through two weeks of relative calm, which ended on Thursday night with attacks on at least three police substations.

Drug cartels used a series of blockades last month to slow down authorities who were pursuing them.

Violence temporarily closes Camargo bridge

Authorities have temporarily shut down the Camargo-Rio Grande City International Bridge following reports of a robbery and shooting on the Mexican side.


Witness reports about a shooting on the Mexican side of the bridge on Saturday morning.

Witnesses said a group of armed men robbed a tollbooth or tollbooths on the Mexican side of the border and fired their weapons.

The Tamaulipas Ministry of Public Safety (SSP) confirmed an incident at the bridge reporting that the customs area had been damaged by a group of civilians.

Southbound traffic from the United States into Mexico remained closed on Saturday afternoon.

Officials had not given a word on when it would be reopened but that two customs officers from Mexico remain unaccounted for following the attack.

The SSP reported that the bodies of three men were found near Camargo in the Town of Rancherias on Saturday morning.

Investigators reported that the three men had been killed by gunfire.

Authorities did not release the identities of the men and there was no immediate information to suggest the two incidents are related.

The two incidents are the latest in a string of shootouts and mysterious murders along the "frontera chica," or little border which extends from Camargo in the east to Nueva Ciudad Guerrero next to Falcon Lake.

Since late February, the area has seen dozens of deaths and disappearances following shootouts between rival drug trafficking organizations as well as between the Mexican soldiers and drug traffikcers.

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9 Borderland Beat Comments:

RiseMakaveli said...

Wow, the violence keeps reaching new heights.

Anonymous said...

Ala ciudadania de Miguel Aleman se les comunica que el puente internacional Camargo-Rio Grande fue asaltado y rafagueado por comandos armados se espera que estas instalaciones cierren hasta nuevo aviso Entre otras noticias al parecer no se conto ninguna victima los empleados de casetas y personal que alli se encontraban salieron huyendo hacia Rio Grande.

fue verdad que se llevaron a roiz?

alguien sabe el nombre de quienes se llevaron? por favor tengo familia k trabaja ahi por favor estoy angustiada k ya acabe todo esto por favor ahi k hacer una cadena de oracion para k Dios nos ayude y nos proteja y termime este calvario. para reportar que no fueron tres. se dice que fue un cajero, dos mujeres de limpiesa, un fiscal y a el administrador del capufe.

ciudadanos, estan acabando con levantemonos en aramsa como ellos, unamonos guerrero camargo diaz ordaz miguel aleman y mier somos mas ke ellos y vamos a darle en toda su madrezzzzzz a eso desgraciados ya estoy arta soy mujer y me preocupan mis niños no tengo miedo los invito a unirnos conte ellos ya sean del cartel o de lazzzzzzzzz z somos mucho y sidemostramos por este miedio ke nos podemos cuidar igualagamoslo y vamos todos juntos a caerles des sorpresa y darles algo de su propio chocolate ya ke las autoridades no hacen nada por nosotros y empezemos por los presidentes municipales y candidatos pa ke presionen al gobiernobien keestan metidos en todo esto hagamoslo.

Anonymous said...

camargo esta muy solo todo cerrado!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

RiseMakaveli said...

Ten cuidado anonyma, si enrealidad planeas aser algo, agalo bien y andese con cuidado.
Que dios los bendiga y espero todo esto se termine pronto.

Anonymous said...

Closer.

Anonymous said...

si quieren tirotear que le digan a estados unidos que los mande pa iraq alla se divierten tiroteando

Anonymous said...

A mucha gente se le suelta la lengua en este tipo de medio technologico pero se les olvida que donde quiera que estén los allan y les cobran todo. Tengan cuidado al poner mensages y al sonar enérgicos porque todo tipo de gente, buena y mala, lee y visita estos sitios de Internet porque de aquí tbien agarran info e inteligencia. Suerte a todos los que se creen machos y suficientes como para acabar con la violencia Mexicana. Espero que no sea al revés. LA MAFIA ES MUY GRANDE Y EL DINERO PERMITE LA COMPRA DE MUCHAS COSAS No se les olvide!!!!

Gerardo said...

Anonymo, no se trata de ser macho. Se trata de ya estar harto de las amenazas de todos los carteles criminales y la corrupcion de los carteles politicos. Se trata de luchar por un mejor futuro para nuestras familias. NO TODOS SE COMPRAN CON TU DINERO.

Anonymous said...

Alguien sabe los nombres de las personas que levantaron en le robo al puente en Camargo?? Como puedo saber los nombres de los cuerpos que han encontrado despues del asalto al puete de camargo??
Les agradezco cualquier informacion...

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