By Chris Covert
Seven unidentified armed suspects were killed in an encounter with a Mexican Army road patrol in Tamaulipas state Friday evening, according to Mexican news accounts.
A news account published on the website of Milenio news daily said that the gunfire exchange took place in Ciudad Victoria, the state capital of Tamaulipas at around 1700 hrs near ejido Estacion Caballero, near the PEMEX facility east of the city.
The suspects were travelling aboard two vehicles when they were observed by a Mexican Army unit. A pursuit ensued which ended in gunfire. Among the seven dead were two women. Four rifles were also secured in the aftermath.
Separately, one armed suspect was killed in an encounter with a Mexican Army unit in Reynosa, according to the same report posted on Milenio news daily Friday night.
The encounter took place on Bulevar Colosio in Obrera colony when the army road patrol came under small arms fire from suspects who were travelling aboard a vehicle. Army return fire killed one suspect. One rifle was seized following the conclusion of the encounter.
Five other individuals were killed in ongoing drug and gang violence in Tamaulipas state, according to several Mexican news accounts.
- Four unidentified car buyers from Michoacan state were killed in an apparent kidnapping. The victims arrived in Tamaulipas January 10th to close a purchase when they were kidnapped. Despite the family's protestations the ransom demands were met in full, the four were killed.
- An unidentified man in his 30s were found beaten to death and dismembered on the highway between Ciudad Victoria and Monterrey, Nuevo Leon Thursday night. The victim was found when a vehicle hit the remains on the road.