Eight suspected gunmen died in a running shootout with army troops in several cities in the northern Mexican state of Nuevo Leon, a state security official said.
Members of a drug cartel stole vehicles and blocked 11 avenues in Apodaca, Escobedo, San Nicolas and Guadalupe, all cities located in the Monterrey metropolitan area, state security spokesman Jorge Domene said.
The shootout started Monday in the rural city of Garcia and continued through the other three cities, Domene said.
Two gunmen died in Garcia, two in Cadereyta, three in Escobedo and one in the rural city of General Teran, the state security spokesman said.
“The death or arrest of a suspected leader (of a criminal organization) is suspected because of the magnitude of the incident,” Domene said.
A report issued late Monday by the Defense Secretariat said only seven gunmen died in the shootout.
Among those killed was a man identified only as “Comandante Lino,” considered the top Zeta cartel boss in Nuevo Leon and the individual running the war against the rival Gulf cartel in the area, the secretariat said.
The army, marine corps and Federal Police have established checkpoints on the main avenues in the Monterrey metro area, Domene said.
The army will set up at least 15 checkpoints daily in Monterrey, the capital of Nuevo Leon, focusing on enforcing federal laws, Domene said.
The army checkpoints will be permanent and in addition to the 28 already established by state police to prevent auto robberies, Domene said.
Youtube: Ejército abate a "El Comandante Lino" líder de zetas en NL
The Nuevo Leon leader of the Zetas, El Comandante Lino, was killed was Monday during a confrontation with the Mexican Army near the city limits of El Carmen and Escobedo, Nuevo Leon.
sources: Efe, Twitter, Grupo Reforma, YouTube, Milenio