The Brownsville Herald
Mexican military patrols were on the lookout Tuesday for a group of Zeta gunmen that had entered Matamoros with plans to carry out several attacks.
Locals reported seeing the military convoys, which were larger and more heavily armed than usual, patrol the city keeping an eye on high-profile vehicles.
A source with firsthand knowledge of criminal activity in Tamaulipas stated that a group of approximately 50 Zetas were able to enter the city and hide amid the confusion of the weekend fighting between the Zetas, the Gulf Cartel and the Mexican military.
On Monday afternoon, the source confirmed a clash between the Gulf Cartel and the Zetas along the highway that connects Matamoros with Ciudad Victoria, on the city’s outskirts. It was not known if there were casualties.
The source also confirmed that an unknown number of Zetas entered Valle Hermoso over the weekend and amid the fighting with the Gulf Cartel, committed various acts of terrorism including torching vehicles, businesses and two strip clubs.
Official figures on the number of dead have not been released, but the source stated that the casualties were high.
According to the Mexican Navy, on Sunday two Mexican marines were injured during an attack to their command post in Valle Hermoso, a press release states. In response to the attack, the marines called for air support and fought back.
During the attack, one SUV rammed the command post, while another provided cover fire, the release stated.
Mexican marines were able to disable both SUVs and arrest the drivers, identified as Juan Francisco “El Chapas” Chapa Gonzalez, 39, and Luis Emiliano “Luisin” Vasquez Mendoza, 24. Another unidentified gunman was killed in the attack, the release stated. Their weapons were also seized. While the Mexican Navy was fighting the attackers, another gun battle between members of organized crime was taking place in city streets.
Also Sunday, the Mexican Army was sent to control the fighting and came under fire by members of organized crime. The soldiers fought back and ended up seizing four SUVs and some ammunition and magazines. Details on the number of dead were not available.
On Saturday, Zetas and Gulf Cartel members clashed in Matamoros, leaving an unknown number of dead and injured.
The fighting turned into a three-way firefight when Mexican marines responded to the gunfight in the city’s La Encantada neighborhood and arrested eight Gulf Cartel members, four of them who were injured.
Since the weekend the Matamoros General Hospital Alfredo Pumarejo was surrounded by military troops.