At least 13 suspected criminals were killed in a shootout with Mexican Army soldiers in the municipality of Rio Bravo, in the northern Mexican state of Tamaulipas, officials said Monday.
The Ministry of National Defense (SEDENA) said in a statement it had located a group of armed persons while on a routine patrol from Valle Hermoso to Reynosa. The gunmen, who were surprised by the presence Mexican Army, opened fire on the soldiers while trying to flee.
The statement said that the soldiers "in defense of their physical integrity and the lives of the members of the community", repelled the attack, which killed 13 assailants and led to the detention of one.
After the confrontation, soldiers seized seven vehicles, one of which was armored, 25 rifles, six pistols, two hand grenades, 173 magazines and more than 6,000 cartridges.
“The bodies of dead offenders, the detainee, vehicles, weapons, and ammunition magazines were made available to appropriate authorities,” the statement added.
The Department of Defense said that the operation is part of the Mexican government’s comprehensive strategy against drug trafficking and organized crime.