Cartel members killed in Reynosa, Mexico
During an anti-cartel operation performed by the Government forces in the city of Reynosa, Mexico, at least nine suspected criminals died as a result of a gun battle. The victims tried to cross the US border from McAllen, Texas, according to the statement of Mexican authorities. The Tamaulipas State government had earlier reported 10 dead in violence that occurred very early Sunday after soldiers, marines, and authorities began targeting the drug cartel that operates in Reynosa. According to the statement of State Police authorities, Associated Press was told that the operation was focused on jailing the Gulf Cartel's leader in Reynosa. The official would certainly not state if Juan Manuel Loza, also known as "El Comandante Toro," had been caught. State officials claimed at least three armed clashes took place over a number of hours and also gang members additionally set cars ablaze and obstructed roadways. Four soldiers were wounded when their car overturned. Tamaulipas has suffered several waves of physical violence in recent years, all tied to the drug trade. For a number of years, the Gulf Cartel has battled with the Zetas Cartel, but authorities say that the violence seen in 2015 has actually often resulted from an issue in between competing members of the Gulf Cartel. Similar occasions happened in April, 2015 when authorities introduced an offensive against another local leader of the Gulf Cartel.