By Chris Covert
A total of 12 unidentified armed suspects were killed by units of the Mexican army in two separate gunfights in Tamaulipas state Monday, according to Mexican press accounts.
An Agencia EFE wire dispatch which appeared on the website of Info7.com, said that at around 0830 hrs an army unit encountered several armed suspects travelling aboard a Ford Lobo (F-150) pickup truck near Ejido Cruz and Carmen.
A total of five men and one female were killed. Five rifles were also seized.
A second confrontation took place at around 1200 hrs when a Mexican Army unit engaged in a firefight with armed suspects in Ejido Francisco I. Madero, near Barretal in Padilla municipality. The suspects were travelling aboard a Jeep Patriot SUV when the exchange took place. Four suspects died in the vehicle while two others attempted escape and were found in a nearby residence.
Five assault rifles were seized in the aftermath.
Chris Covert writes Mexican Drug War and national political news for Rantburg.com