MEXICO CITY —
Mexican safety forces fought an hour-long gun gunbattle Saturday with suspected cartel gunmen in Villa Union, a city in Coahuila state about an hour’s drive southwest of Eagle Pass, Texas, leaving at least 14 folks dead, officers mentioned.
Coahuila state Gov. Miguel Riquelme Solis informed native media 4 of the dead have been cops killed in the preliminary confrontation, and that a number of municipal staff have been lacking.
He mentioned the armed group stormed the city of three,000 residents in a convoy of vans, attacking native authorities places of work and prompting state and federal forces to intervene. Ten alleged members of the Cartel of the Northeast have been killed in the response.
Videos of the shootout posted on social media confirmed burned out autos and the facade of Villa Union’s municipal workplace riddled with bullets. Rapid gunfire may very well be heard in movies together with frantic folks telling family members to remain indoors.
Security forces will stay in the city for a number of days to revive a way of calm, the governor mentioned.
“These groups won’t be allowed to enter state territory,” the federal government of Coahuila mentioned in a press release.
Mexico’s homicide fee has elevated to traditionally excessive ranges, inching up by 2% in the primary 10 months of the presidency of Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador. Federal officers mentioned not too long ago that there have been 29,414 homicides to date in 2019, in comparison with 28,869 in the identical interval of 2018.
The November slaughter by Mexican drug cartel gunmen of three ladies who held U.S. citizenship and 6 of their youngsters targeted world consideration on the rising violence.