By Chris Covert
A total of five armed suspects were killed in ongoing drug and gang violence in Tamaulipas state, according to official nd news accounts.
In a news release posted on the Tamaulipas state government website, the Procuraduria General de Justicia del Estado (PGJE) or attorney general said that a confrontation took place in Nuevo Laredo Monday morning.
A Mexican Army unit exchanged gunfire with armed suspects at around 1040 hrs near the intersection of calles Yuca and Azucena in Valles de Elizondo colony.
Typically encounters such as Monday's gunfight are preceded by a road patrol signalling suspects who are travelling by vehicle to stop, who instead attempt to escape capture by fleeing. Following the encounter, soldiers recovered a Ford Mustang sedan, three rifles and 18 weapons magazines.
Meanwhile in or near the bloody city of Reynosa three armed suspects were shot to death by Mexican security forces Sunday.
According to a news account posted on the website of Milenio news daily, the three dead were killed in two separate encounters.
Two unidentified suspects in their 20s were killed in an gunfight with units of the Policia Federal and Mexican Army. The encounter took place on kilometer 25 of the Reynosa to San Fernando highway. The suspects were aboard a Chevrolet pickup truck.
Following the gunfight, Policia Federal agents found several handguns, ammunition and two bulletproof vests.
Meanwhile in Reynosa proper, one suspect was killed in a gunfight with Mexican security forces. The incident took place on Calle Emiliano Zapata, in Jacinto Lopez colony.
Security forces secured three rifles, weapons magazine and accessories in the aftermath.
Mexican security agencies are currently gearing up for the upcoming Easter weekend, in less than two weeks.
According to a news account posted on the website of Milenio, the mayor of Ciudad Madero, Jaime Turrubiates Solis is expecting 1,200 security troops in the area, including Mexican Army, Mexican Naval Infantry and Policia Federal troops.
Ciudad Madero is a resort city in southern Tamaulipas and a suburb of Tampico.
Nationwide it was reported that Mexico's Secretaria de Gobernacion (SEGOB) is expected to deploy 6,000 federal security troops in Jalisco state in adance of the holiday.
Chris Covert writes Mexican Drug War and national political new for Rantburg.com