By Chris Covert
A Policia Federal (PF) road patrol element encountered several
unidentified armed suspects near a farm in Torreon, Coahuila, killing
five, according to Mexican news reports.
According to a news item posted on the website of Vanguardia news
daily, the shootout took place just after noon Saturday near the
Matamoros-Torreon road near the Puerta de Torreon, where a PF patrol
designated Grupo Geo observed five armed suspects in Sol de Oriente
colony. When shots were exchanged, the criminal group fled into a farm
house on calle Toyama.
The armed suspects continued fire on PF agents from inside the house,
when agents decided to use pepper gas against the suspects. One suspect
attempted to leave the farmhouse but was dropped by police gunfire. At
the conclusion, PF agents found four armed suspects dead inside the
PF agents found two AK-47 and one AR-15 assault rifles, and one 9mm pistol.
In Torreon, in southern Coahuila state and Piedras Negras in northern
Coahuila has experienced what can only be termed a severe uptick in drug
and gang related violence especially since the prison break 12 days ago
in the border city of Piedras Negras. According to Spanish and English
language reports, Piedras Negras has experienced shootings nearly every
day since the prison break.
According to Mexican press accounts many of those released from prison were members of Los Zetas criminal group.
According to a report published in last Wednesday's Eagle Pass, Texas
Business Journal, the municipality of Piedras Negras has been under
under the Mexican Constitution, martial law can only be imposed by the
Mexican president of the republic and only with consent of the Chamber
of Deputies and the president's cabinet.
Mexican media outlet or even social media have confirmed that the
municipality was under martial law, or that a declaration of martial has
Chris Covert writes Mexican Drug War and national political news for Rantburg.com