At least four suspected gunmen and a soldier died in a shootout in Nuevo Laredo, a border city in the northeastern Mexican state of Tamaulipas, the Defense Secretariat said.
An army patrol was attacked Friday on a street in Nuevo Laredo, located across the Rio Grande from Laredo, Texas, the secretariat said.
Gunmen traveling in six vehicles opened fire on the soldiers, who returned fire.
Five soldiers wounded in the shootout were taken to a hospital in the border city, the secretariat said.
Soldiers seized five assault rifles, 50 ammunition clips, 525 rounds of ammunition and a vehicle.
It all started around 3:50 p.m Friday in the Colonia Viveros, a neighborhood nestled along the banks of the Rio Grande River.
Nuevo Laredo residents used the #NuevoLaredo hashtag of the social media network Twitter to report gunfire, detonations and a military helicopter in the sky.
Residents reported that the helicopter was firing its guns into unknown targets below.
The army is carrying out “Operation Northeast” in Tamaulipas, Nuevo Leon, Coahuila and San Luis Potosi states in an effort to weaken the drug cartels that operate in the region.
Sources: EFE, Valley Central