Sunday, September 4, 2016

11 Killed in Nuevo Laredo Clash

Lucio R. Borderland Beat with C.E.M   fotos from VXT

Note:The following is the version of authorities, an update follows at bottom from people on the ground and witnesses who tell a far different story.

Original post: 
In Nuevo Laredo, Tamaulipas, two shootouts between soldiers and armed citizens  left 11 dead in the balance, including an innocent female bystander who was caught in the crossfire. 

All 10 killed are assumed to be members of the Los Zetas cartel who operate in the border city that accommodates 50% of the import/export cargo between the United States and Mexico.

The violence in Nuevo Laredo, across the border from Texas, prompted the temporary closure of the national highway that connects Tamaulipas state to central Mexico. 

The first confrontation occurred around 13:30 pm when a convoy of the Secretariat of National Defense was attacked as they drove to kilometer 13 of the Nuevo Laredo-Monterrey Federal Road . A statement from authorities said:

 "At that point, the soldiers were attacked by armed civilians who were traveling in several vehicles. By repelling aggression in defense of their lives, (the soldiers) shot dead eight of the offenders.

About an hour later, the soldiers "killed two other aggressors."  authorities said. "In this second attack by armed civilians, a woman who was traveling aboard a truck was hit by a stray bullet that took her life." explained the Coordination Group of Tamaulipas.

Update note:
More information has surfaced and video evidence.  The action is being called extrajudicial killings by Mexican soldiers.  From Nuevo Laredo SDR the video spread and now is being reported about in mainstream media. 

We received a couple of interesting comments from people on the ground, see in comments section.

Here is one:
“There is nasty shit goin on and in this supposed attack by sicarios the innocent girl wasn't accidentally shot, the military ribboned the vehicle she was in with her family. Chased and smashed into the truck with the youths (estakas ?)and killed them as they tried to run,but,if they totin AKs and shit they know whats up,oh its personal,video of it...”
Video here use this hyper link