Feuding Mexican cartels have briefly blocked roads within the border metropolis of Matamoros, throughout from Brownsville, Texas
CIUDAD VICTORIA, Mexico — Feuding Mexican cartels briefly blocked roads Tuesday within the border metropolis of Matamoros, throughout from Brownsville, Texas.
At one level, gunmen pressured middle-school college students off a college bus and used the automobile as a blockade.
Roads had been rapidly cleared and officers claimed that one loss of life reported early Tuesday morning was not associated to the blockades.
At a few dozen factors in and across the metropolis, gunmen carjacked autos and left them parked throughout roadways. The army deployed about 700 troops and two helicopters to quell the violence.
Officers within the northern state of Tamaulipas mentioned the blockages had been attributable to battles between two rival cartels. Matamoros has lengthy been dominated by the Gulf cartel, however it has splintered into warring factions, considered one of which is reportedly allied with the Jalisco cartel.
State police chief Sergio Hernando Chávez advised native media that “there was a confrontation between rival organized crime teams.”
He mentioned all the kids aboard the hijacked bus had been unhurt.
On Monday, in the identical space, police mentioned that they had arrested a prime lieutenant of the violent Metros faction of the Gulf cartel implicated in 23 assaults on police and 9 towards army personnel.