Wednesday, July 23, 2014

More Border Violence: 10 Killed After Shootouts In Nuevo Progresso, Reynosa, Rio Bravo

Across the border from the same area of Texas where thousands of illegal alien children are crossing the border, more drug cartel violence killed 10 people (KRGV).
At least 10 people were killed in two clashes between criminal groups and federal officers in Rio Bravo and Nuevo Progreso. 
"El Universal" news agency reported that the first firefight happened after a chase in Rio Bravo. The gun battle spilled over to Nuevo Progreso. 
Tamaulipas state officials said a three-hour firefight ensued. At least six people were killed in that clash. 
"El Universal" reported that one of those dead is a high-ranking cartel member who controlled the area. 
The situation remained dangerous Tuesday night when another shootout was reported along the Reynosa-San Fernando highway. 
Several cars were burned and at least four of the armed men were killed.
More details at Borderland Beat.
"El Pantera"(CDG) was killed in a 11:00 PM clash between elements of SEMAR and the CDG group.. He was second in command of the Nuevo Progreso plaza.

The first shooting occurred at 19:00 hours on side streets of the of Nuevo Progreso, the neighboring town of Progreso, Texas. According to unofficial reports, the shootings were continuous at first, but then became more sporadic, the persecutions alerted the inhabitants of this town of 25,000 residents.

Shootouts also ensued in neighboring Rio Bravo and Reynosa municipalities.

The confrontation between criminal cells has intensified after the arrest last week of "El Comandante Alemán", the leader of the Gulf Cartel in that municipality.

Miguel Angel Alemán Salinas was the presumed successor of Juan Manuel Rodríguez Rodríguez, aka "Juan Perros", who had just been arrested a month prior.

Authorities are yet to report numbers of injured or killed in the shootings between criminal groups.

Blockages were reported at the junction of the Reynosa-Rio Bravo highway, access to Reynosa International Airport, access to the Reynosa-Matamoros highway, the Rio Bravo to Reynosa highway and near the Pharr-Reynosa International bridge.

I'd commented over the weekend on how many people I know from the Valley have said Nuevo Progresso is still relatively safe to go to. I guess not anymore, after this. 

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