Tuesday, July 23, 2013
Violence explodes in southern Tamaulipas after Z-40 detention
At least 10 unidentified individuals have been killed and several more wounded in southern Tamaulipas state, the result of the aftermath of the capture of Los Zetas leader Miguel Angel Treviño Morales, AKA Z-40 according to Mexican news reports.
An APRO wire dispatch which appeared in the online edition of El Diario de Coahuila news daily said that operatives with the Gulf Cartel had been firing indiscriminately over a two day period at residents of ejido Fe del Golfo in Jimenez municipality last Sunday.
According to the report several Gulf Cartel shooters arrived at the ejido and ordered residents to leave, firing on them as they did.
The reason why the ejido was ordered to vacate was not clear. The Gulf Cartel maintains a logistics and training camp in the region said to house as many as 100 shooters. The camp is so large, according to the report, Mexican Army and Tamauliupas state security troops refuse to enter the area. Abasolo municipality is also reportedly another no go zone for federal and state security elements.
Unconfirmed reports have been made of armed confrontations between armed suspects and detachments of Mexican Naval Infantry in Gonzalez and Magiscatzin municipalities. At least eight armed suspects have been killed in Magiscatzin municipality.
Chris Covert writes Mexican Drug War and national political news for Rantburg.com and Borderlandbeat.com He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org