Mexico Sending 100 Soldiers to Border Area After Fierce Highway Shootout

Saturday, September 14, 2019
By Paul Martin

14 Sep 2019

Mexican authorities are sending 100 soldiers and helicopters crews to patrol one of the busiest highway corridors in the border state of Tamaulipas. The region is a haven for cartel gunmen.

Officials in Tamaulipas report a recent uptick in highway robberies and other crimes that reached a climax this week during a fierce shootout where two passenger buses became caught in the crossfire.

The municipality of San Fernando is one of the busiest farming areas in Tamaulipas. Highways in the area provide a steady flow of commercial and tourist traffic as it connects the central part of the state with the Texas border. The city is roughly 70 miles south of the Mexican border cities of Matamoros and Reynosa. Law enforcement sources revealed to Breitbart Texas that the region is currently controlled by a faction of Los Zetas called Vieja Escuela Z. The group is reported to be an ally of the Gulf Cartel.

This week, groups of rival cartel gunmen clashed around San Fernando leading to the deployment of Tamaulipas State Police officers and Mexican Army soldiers to stop the shootout. During the gun battles, two passenger buses from the Transpais bus line sustained multiple hits from stray gunfire after being caught in the middle of the shootout. Officials report no injuries to passengers of the two busses.

According to information released by the Tamaulipas government, a group of gunmen also parked a tractor-trailer across the highway and torched it in an attempt to keep authorities from the chasing cartel gunmen. The gunmen also placed a second blockade with various trucks along the highway that connects San Fernando with the border city of Reynosa.

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