by Chivis Martinez for Borderland Beat
A confrontation between narocs and the military, has allegedly resulted in the death of "El Gringo". El Gringo is the chief of the Plaza for the Gulf Cartel. This event sparked a series of "narco blockades and shootouts at different points in the city of Reynosa.
The Prosecutor's Office of Tamaulipas sources confirmed that at 12: 30 p.m. a clash between soldiers and armed men in nearby streets to Las Bugambilias colony.
Subsequently, around 13: 30 hours armed men began to steal cars and trucks to block important avenues such as Hidalgo, one Street East, the Beltway to Matamoros, even near the highway by th headquarters of the eighth military zone, which lies at the eastern part of the city.
Criminals were also fired in the air and at various streets they threw, the so-called "ponchallantas", a set of entangled nails that disable tires on military vehicles allowing criminal to escape. Reports of shootings were also reported through social networks like Twitter.
The United States Consulate in Monterrey, which controls the border of Tamaulipas area, reported that so far they have not felt it necessary to issue an alert to its citizens about the situation in Reynosa.
A spokesman for the Prosecutor's Office of Tamaulipas said that a statement will be issued in the next few hours to inform about the violent events of Reynosa and they will also confirm if "El Gringo" was shot down by the Army.
El Gringo was mentioned in the text of the Los Zetas Narco Mantas that appeared throughout the city of Nuevo Laredo on Sunday and Monday.
8.15.12 UPDATE: Tamps atuhorties confirm the deaths of 4 in yesterdays violence, they also confirmed a shortage of eggs (I kid you not) but did not confirm Gringo's death....Sources: Twitter