Thursday night into Friday was another episode of terror as clashes between Golfo and Zetas cartels, the Mexican Army and SEDENA erupted in several points of the Zacatecas city of Fresnillo.
The shootout lasted hours reportedly passed through; Paseo de El Mineral, la avenida Huicot before advancing to colonias Plutarco Elías Calles, Lomas de Plateros, Ampliación Azteca and Emiliano Zapata among others.
A barrage of calls to the 066 emergency system was made by citizens awakened in the various areas by gun blasts. Not until 2 hours into the conflict a Special Forces convoy arrived to give support to soldiers.The gunfire ceased at approximately 1:40 am on the road leading to the town of Valparaiso.
Zetas and the Golfo Cartels are vying for Fresnillo.
While officials did not give a number of dead and wounded, it was confirmed that a leader of the Zetas was killed, David Alexander Loreto, aka “El Diablo”, the regional chief of the plaza in Zacatecas, Nuevo Laredo and Coahuila, also killed was identified only as “El Gordo Chaires", known to be Zetas Fresnillo chief.
“Just yesterday "unidades regionales de seguridad" were inaugurated in Rïo Grande and Villa de Cos, north and east from Fresnillo respectively, good thing because they are covering heated areas, there´s another one under construction in Sombrerete (where there were reports of shootings last night too, but no confirmation or any press note about it) and another one being built in Malpaso (south of the capital), so once all these are operative looks like many of the heated areas should have much more protection, the exception being the west side of the state, Villanueva comes to mind since a lot has been happening in that area”
Sources: Zac, El Sol Zacatecas, Lacy