Three armed suspects were shot to death in an armed confrontation with Mexican security forces in Matamoros, Tamaulipas Wednesday night, according to official government news sources.
According to a news release posted on the state government website of Tamaulipas, the incident took place at 2100 hrs near the intersection of Avenida Division del Norte and Calle Republica de Cuba in Modelo colony where a Mexican Army road patrol had observed an then signaled a number of armed suspects who were traveling aboard a Chevrolet pickup truck.
The armed suspects fired on the army patrol which returned fire killing all three men.
One of the dead was identified as Juan Antonio Sanchez Lumbreras, 22, of Matamoros.
After the confrontation ended army troops seized three rifles, an undisclosed number of weapons magazine and ammunition. The suspects were wearing bulletproof vest and according to the news release, had military style haircuts.
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