Grenade attack reported on Matamoros police roadblock
June 07, 2011 8:18 PM
Members of the Gulf Cartel and Zetas clashed in a long, drawn-out gun battle Tuesday that began in the outskirts of Matamoros and concluded near Lucio Blanco, a town near the Los Indios International Bridge.
The Mexican military arrived in force at Lucio Blanco, with a large contingent of troops and a helicopter in response to reports of armed civilians fighting each other, a Mexican law enforcement official said.
U.S. authorities could hear the firefight and see the helicopter in the distance. The Cameron County Sheriff’s Department sent out additional deputies to the area as a precautionary measure. The bridge was not closed to traffic.
A source with firsthand knowledge of criminal activity in Mexico said that the firefight began in the outskirts of Matamoros after an apparent attempt by the Zetas to enter Matamoros. The Zetas were met by members of the Gulf Cartel, with the firefight turning into a chase through dirt roads and ending up near Lucio Blanco. The clash was broken up when the military arrived and turned it into a three-way firefight.
The number of dead or wounded couldn’t be learned at press time Tuesday.
The source also said that a group of Zetas threw a grenade at a Matamoros municipal police roadblock in the outskirts of the city Monday evening. The attack took place less than a mile from the city’s airport.
A Mexican law enforcement official confirmed the attack and that a patrol suffered minor damage but would not confirm whether a criminal organization was behind it. No injuries or deaths were reported in the grenade attack.