Feuding Mexican cartels briefly blocked roads Tuesday within the border metropolis of Matamoros, throughout from Brownsville, Texas.
At one level, gunmen compelled 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 dying reported early Tuesday morning was not associated to the blockades.
At a few dozen factors in and across the metropolis, gunmen carjacked automobiles and left them parked throughout roadways. The army deployed about 700 troops and two helicopters to quell the violence.
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Officials within the northern state of Tamaulipas stated the blockages had been attributable to battles between two rival cartels. Matamoros has lengthy been dominated by the Gulf cartel, nevertheless it has splintered into warring factions, one in every of which is reportedly allied with the Jalisco cartel.
State police chief Sergio Hernando Chávez instructed native media that “there was a confrontation between rival organized crime teams.”
He stated all the youngsters aboard the hijacked bus had been unhurt.
On Monday, in the identical space, police stated they’d arrested a prime lieutenant of the violent Metros faction of the Gulf cartel implicated in 23 assaults on police and 9 in opposition to army personnel.
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