CIUDAD VICTORIA, Mexico (AP) — At least 10 suspected
criminals died in gunbattles with government forces Sunday during an
anti-cartel operation in the city of Reynosa, which sits across the U.S.
border from McAllen, Texas, Mexican authorities said.
The Tamaulipas state government said the violence
erupted early Sunday after soldiers, marines and police began the
operation aimed at a drug cartel that operates in Reynosa.
A state police
official who insisted on anonymity told The Associated Press that the
operation was aimed at arresting the Gulf Cartel's leader in Reynosa.
The official would not say if Juan Manuel Loza, also known as "El
Comandante Toro," was caught.
government said at least three armed clashes occurred over several
hours, and gang members also set vehicles on fire and blocked roads.
Four soldiers were injured when their vehicle overturned, officials
Similar events happened in April 2015 when authorities launched an offensive against another local leader of the Gulf Cartel.
Tamaulipas has suffered through several waves of
violence in recent years tied to the drug trade. The Gulf Cartel battled
with its former allies in the Zetas cartel for a number of years, but
officials say that violence since 2015 has often resulted from a dispute
between rival factions of the Gulf Cartel.
DD. As regular readers know news from Tamaulipas is very difficult to obtain. In an article that Otis posted on BB on Dec. 15, 2015, the attack on the PGR compound in Reynosa was conducted by the Gulf Cartel in retaliation for the capture of Loza "el Toro" the day before the attack. We will have more on this as it becomes available.