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Non-stop gun battles spark fear, uncertainty in Mexican border city

(BREITBART) — REYNOSA, Tamaulipas — The ongoing hunt for the leader of the Gulf Cartel in this border city has led to more than nine days of continuous gun battles. The clashes resulted in the deaths of at least 14 individuals –including most of the gunmen. Anecdotal accounts by residents place the death toll much higher.

As Breitbart Texas reported, Mexican authorities have been targeting the leadership of the Gulf Cartel in this city. Officials focused their efforts on capturing or killing Gulf Cartel leader Julian “Comandante Toro” Loisa Salinas, also known as Juan Manuel Loisa Salinas.

Law enforcement’s efforts to apprehend Loisa met heavy resistance from Gulf Cartel troops who continue to fight against military forces. Breitbart Texas reported that the intensity of the clashes escalated to the point where Mexican military forces deployed helicopters with mini-guns and other artillery weapons to fight off the cartel forces. During the gun battles, cartel gunmen continue to use hundreds of makeshift road spikes in an attempt to slow down authorities.


Cartel gunmen ambush Mexican border police with armored trucks

BREITBART) — REYNOSA, Tamaulipas — Cartel gunmen riding in armored SUVs ambushed a state police convoy killing one of the officers and sparking a series of chases and gun battles over a period of hours.

The ambush against the state police officers comes after citizen journalists in the border region known as the Ribereña or riverine have reported on gun battles involving large convoys of gunmen. According to residents, the gun battles among cartel factions started early morning in the area immediately south of Roma, Texas and quickly spread to other rural communities. The Ribereña is immediately south of Starr County, Texas and is considered a major drug trafficking route due to the lack of border security in the area.

Law enforcement sources consulted by Breitbart Texas revealed that the ambush took place about four hours after the initial gun battles in the Rancherias rural community near the city of Camargo, which is immediately south of Rio Grande City, Texas. A convoy of armored cartel trucks attacked police forces, setting off a fierce gun battle where one of the officers died. At the end of the clash, two cartel vehicles were left behind. One of the vehicles was a standard SUV, while the other truck was armored. Both vehicles had extensive damage from collisions and gunshots.


Cartel gunmen kill another reporter in Mexican border state

(BREITBART) — Cartel gunmen have killed a another Mexican reporter as the security conditions in that country continue to spiral out of control. In 2016, there have been six other cases of murdered journalists in Mexico.

The murder took place in Ciudad Victoria, the state capital of Tamaulipas. The local reporter is the latest victim in the out of control violence brought to the region, as two rival factions of the Los Zetas cartel fight for control.

On Monday shortly after 6:30 a.m., Zamira Ester Bautista Luna was getting into her silver car right outside of her home on the city’s south side, when the gunmen struck. Sources close to the case confirmed to Breitbart Texas that Bautista was getting into her vehicle when a group of gunmen drove by in an unknown model vehicle and shot her — killing her instantly. According to information released by the Tamaulipas government the gunmen left behind a cardboard sign attempting to tie their victim to organized crime.

Breitbart Texas spoke with other individuals from Ciudad Victoria who said that Bautista Luna had worked at a local TV station and in other print outlets in the past. Most recently she had worked as a middle school teacher and in her off time as freelance writer on small print publications. They said the Bautista wrote only about high society and local events. The sources added that she never covered anything about organized crime. Residents from the city said Bautista was a well-liked teacher and remain skeptical about any messages aimed at defaming her.

Bautista Sauceda is the latest victim of an ongoing struggle between rival factions of the Los Zetas drug cartel. One faction known as the Cartel Del Noreste (CDN) has been fighting to keep control of the city from their rivals Grupo Bravo/ Vieja Escuela, Breitbart Texas previously reported. The ongoing violence between the two criminal organizations has resulted in almost daily executions, beheadings, drive by shootings and kidnappings. Despite the brutality taking place in Ciudad Victoria, mainstream media in both Mexico and the U.S. have largely ignored the daily acts of violence.