By Chris Covert
Armed confrontations between criminal groups and Mexican security forces have killed four since last Tuesday in the border city of Reynosa, Tamaulipas, according to Mexican news and Twitter accounts.
Two gunfights took place Tuesday between armed groups and elements of the Mexican Army according to a news item.posted on website of Revista Proceso.
The news item quoted the Tamaulipas Procurduria General de Justicia de Estado, or state attorney general that one gunfight took place in Mil Cumbres colony, leaving one unidentified individual dead, and an abandoned Jeep Liberty SUV at the scene. That gunfight took place at around 1350 hrs.
A second confrontation took place Lomas del Real de Jarachina Sur colony where armed suspects fired on a Mexican Army road patrol. Mexican Army return gunfire killed three suspects. One GMC pickup truck was seized in the aftermath.
Subsequently armed groups in Reynosa put up roadblocks, blocking Bulevar Colosio, UAT Rhode bridge and Bulevar Morelos and others.
Thursday additional gunfights and roadblocks took place in Reynosa, but no reports of dead or wounded have been released by official sources.
A news report posted on the website of Noticias de Tamaulipas news website said that one civilian had been wounded in Calle Quintana Roo, when the victim ran from the area and was reportedly fired on by Mexican Army personnel.
Detentions have been reported, however, but the numbers or identifications have not been released.
According to a news item posted on the website of Televisa, Thursday's gunfights took place on Zona Centro on Calle Madero. Gunfire was also reported in Cumbres and Jarachina colonies.
Mexican Army units had reportedly been reinforcing Reynosa since last Tuesday, and had intensified patrols in the city since Thursday morning.
Chris Covert writes Mexican Drug War and national political news for Rantburg.com