Reporting on the Mexican Cartel Drug War

19 Sicarios Die in Clashes with Troops in Tamaulipas

Friday, September 17, 2010 |

By: AFP














At least 19 outlaws were killed in clashes with troops in Mexico's northeastern state of Tamaulipas, near the US border, where 72 migrants were massacred last month, the army said Thursday.

The clashes, on a road near Ciudad Mier, lasted several hours late Wednesday, as most of the country celebrated 200 years of the start of its independence from Spain with massive parties and firework displays.

An army official said the clashes began after troops followed up on an anonymous call about a fake roadblock.

The victims were unidentified armed men wearing official uniforms, he said.

Corruption is rife among Mexican police and some security forces, while criminals often use stolen, loaned or out-of-date official uniforms.

The clashes occurred in a region where a split between the Gulf drug gang and its former hitmen the Zetas has led to an eruption of violence this year.

First reports said late Wednesday that eight had died in the latest violence.

At least 25 suspected gang members died in a shootout with the military in the same region at the start of the month.

President Felipe Calderon led independence celebrations on Wednesday and Thursday as he was under increasing scrutiny for his military crackdown on organized crime launched three and a half years ago.

More than 28,000 people have died in suspected drug violence since then, according to official figures.


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Anonymous said...

HOPE THEY ARE THE Z

Anonymous said...

It's better that the army just kill them, than have them released by corrupt jail officilas like the 86 who "busted" out last week.

Smurf said...

The body count has risen to 22 since last night

Anonymous said...

Take from J, killing them all is illogical. His solution is to give them amnesty.

Anonymous said...

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Why not allow all posted comments on this blog

Anonymous said...

A good Zeta is dead Zeta.... I am pretty sure they were Z they are the only ones dying for a piece of bone and willing to do roadblocks for some money and kidnapings. Not that I consent to what CDG is doing, but the Zetas are getting out of hand... kidnaping illegals from south America and killing them bc the family failed to pay ransom is just disgusting... plus the other things they are doing..

Gerardo said...

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Anonymous said...

arriba ejercito mexicano...

Gerardo said...

It is very difficult to report incidents occurring in Tamaulipas accurately because of the unreliability of local factual sources.
Now El Diario de Coahuila is reporting that the death toll was only 12 which is contrary to SEDENA sources that state the
death toll was 22.

One source stated that the Nuevo Leon forensic services only accounted for 11 bodies which is probably accurate since they probably would not have recovered bodies all the way to the outskirts of Cd Mier.

Without photographic evidence it is hard to say what the actual body count was.

This is similar to the reporting of the shootout late Monday night/Tuesday morning
in Matamoros that resulted in dozens of fatalities according to the Brownsville Herald.
By Wednesday the death toll had been lowered to 2 marines killed and up to 20 military
and civilians wounded in a 20 minute long confrontation with gunmen in an exclusive
neighborhood of Matamoros (according to El Bravo de Matamoros and Metronoticias and SEMAR)Local rumors stated that "Tony Tormenta" had escaped from that confrontation.

Unless you were present during the incident, it is impossible to accurately state
what really happened.

Anonymous said...

It seems like the military is finally getting their act together.
They were getting their asses handed to them the last 18 months.
The narcos were good suprise attacks etc..; but now hopefully the military will push these barbarians into the ground.
It seems like the military are using intelligence more along with other sophisitcated tatics to fight what has become a small guerilla war.
Its sad to say that all the atrocities the zetas/narcos have committed are finally turning the people against them.
The most we can hope for is that the narcos will go back to a more low key business profile once all this mess is over with.
I gurantee you, this is costing the narcos a lot of money too.

Anonymous said...

Its been circulating that the dead are sicarios of the C.D.G..

Anonymous said...

leave the cdg alone ..let them kill the zetas

Anonymous said...

Anonymous said...

leave the cdg alone ..let them kill the zetas
September 18, 2010 9:51 AM

anon, why don't you go help them. They need more fodder.

Anonymous said...

mebbe i will culero..want to hold my hand?

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