Reporting on the Mexican Cartel Drug War

Seven Slain in Northern Mexico

Thursday, May 6, 2010 |

Sate of Tamaulipas - Seven people were slain Wednesday in separate incidents in the northern Mexican state of Tamaulipas, authorities said.

The killings took place in the state capital, Ciudad Victoria, and in the cities of Camargo, Miguel Aleman, Nuevo Laredo and Valle Hermoso, all located on the border with the United States.

Two people were found shot to death in different parts of Miguel Aleman, while two others were gunned down on the streets of Nuevo Laredo, just across the border from Laredo, Texas.

A man died at a hospital in Valle Hermoso after he was admitted for treatment of a bullet wound. Two other people were fatally shot in Camargo and in Ciudad Victoria, respectively.

Tamaulipas has been in the grip of a full-scale war between the Gulf drug cartel and former allies Los Zetas, a band of Mexican special forces deserters turned hired guns. The conflict claimed 39 lives in the state last month and another 14 in the first five days of May.

Nearly 23,000 people have been killed nationwide in drug-related violence since December 2006, when newly inaugurated President Felipe Calderon gave Mexico’s armed forces the leading role in battling the cartels.

On other developments:

Mexican highway shut down south of Pharr Bridge

Authorities are asking area residents to avoid the Reynosa-Rio Bravo Highway following reports of a possible shootout or blockade.

Reynosa city officials issued the warning at 4:13 p.m. Wednesday.

Authorities said they closed the highway due to a “situation of risk” taking place near the Pharr-Reynosa International Bridge.

Users on Twitter are reporting a shootout or a blockade.

Reynosa city officials are not releasing details but are asking residents to avoid the area and avoid getting stuck in traffic that the closure is causing.

Three killed in Rio Bravo shootout

Three people are dead following a deadly shootout between Mexican soldiers and a group of armed men in the City of Rio Bravo.

Tamaulipas state officials confirmed the incident happened on Wednesday afternoon in the Rio Bravo subdivision of the Mexican border city.

Identities of those killed in the shootout were not released bu the case remains under investigation by federal authorities.

Reynosa city officials asked area residents to avoid the Reynosa-Rio Bravo Highway following reports of a possible shootout or blockade.

Reynosa city officials issued the warning at 4:13 p.m. Wednesday.

Authorities said they closed the highway due to a “situation of risk” taking place near the Pharr-Reynosa International Bridge.

Users on Twitter are reporting a shootout or a blockade.

Reynosa city officials did not releasing details about the incident but asked residents to avoid the area and avoid getting stuck in traffic that the closure is causing.

Officials lifted the warning around 5:30 p.m. Wednesday.

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3 Borderland Beat Comments:

Anonymous said...

The Highway Reynosa-Matamoros was blocked by the narcos, at the same time there was a shootout in Rio Bravo (located in the middle of reynosa and matamoros). Rumors says 6 to 8 killed.

RB

Anonymous said...

Any details on what happened in Nuevo Laredo and where it happened?

Anonymous said...

It would appear to me that Presidente Caldaron made a complete fool out of himself and his country the other day when he was speaking to Congress and then there were the fools in Congress jumping up and down like a bunch of seals at Sea World when he was critizing the new Arizona law about immigration. He needs to clean up his own mess and our Congress needs to respect our country, our laws and enforce the ones we already have instead of constantly attempting to pass a new Bill with their name on it. Do your job and enforce the Constitution and the laws we have, enforce them. I suggest we vote ever incombunt out and put folks in there that respect the Constitution and know how to serve the American taxpayer, enforce the laws we have on illegal immigration, enforce the laws we have against employment, enforce the laws we have on exporting to Mexico illegal weapons. Do you job and we can clean up both the messes on both sides, otherwise we are going to have a real mess on our hands.

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