A comando of heavily armed Zetas attacked the building housing the Ministry of Public Security in Matamoros, Tamaulipas on Wednesday June 9th. Matamoros is considered one of the main plazas and home territory of the Gulf Cartel.
According to unofficial information, the shooting began at five in the afternoon and ended around nine o'clock at night. No civil authority has officially confirmed this incident. An unknown number of municipal police were killed, wounded and kidnapped.
Gunmen belonging to Los Zetas have attacked other cities and towns under the control of the Gulf cartel in the last two weeks such as Mier, Reynosa, Tampico and Valle Hermoso.
On the morning of June 4, groups of gunmen entered the border town of Mier where they burned homes, businesses and vehicles and looted several properties and abducted people.
Gunmen believed to be Zetas raided the municipal police headquarters in Valle Hermoso early Sunday, June 6. According to neighbors, gunmen kidnapped an unknown number of municipal policemen. The Zetas then staged other shootings in different parts of the city.
Also this weekend a similar attack occurred in the town of Abasolo, by a group of Zetas that kidnapped at least ten people, according to reports from inhabitants of the town.
In the case of Matamoros, police sources revealed that Los Zetas searched for two days to enter the city, which is one of the most sheltered places under the control of the Gulf cartel, until the afternoon of Wednesday's attack materialized .
According to The Brownsville Herald the mayor , Pat M. Ahumada Jr., called for U.S. citizens to avoid crossing the international bridge to Matamoros due to the violence that occurred that occurred Wednesday afternoon and night.
"The mayor says he learned that up to ten people, including police officers, may have died in the shooting," notes the article published in the newspaper.
This confrontation, during which opposing armed groups, as well as elements of the Navy, began in Los Laureles, located just off Sixth Street, near Matamoros New World Theater.
Versions of the attack were also disseminated to the effect that the Municipal Security Secretary Ruben Hiram González Barrera, was abducted during the armed raid, but no authority confirmed or denied the rumors.
In Tampico, this morning a command executed a traffic policeman and wounded two elements of the Metropolitan Police while they were at the crossroads Tampico-Mante.
The Zetas were originally the bodyguard and enforcement branch of the Gulf cartel (CDG) but split off to form their own drug trafficking organization. Since February 2010 the CDG and the Zetas have been waging a brutal war against each other.