Seven vehicles with gunmen clashed with Mexican military forces during a fierce battle in the downtown streets of this border city. The skirmish took place mere blocks from the border with Texas.
The fighting occurred Thursday, shortly after 1030 a.m. in the downtown area near the intersection of Guerrero Avenue and Arteaga Street when a convoy of seven vehicles with members of the Cartel Del Noreste faction of the Los Zetas cartel clashed with Mexican military forces that had set up a roadblock of sorts, Mexican law enforcement sources confirmed to Breitbart Texas. The scene of the shootout was fewer than 10 small city blocks from the shallow banks of the Rio Grande. Gunmen riding in four pickup trucks and a white Chevrolet Suburban managed to escape while gunmen riding in a black car and a white Mercedes-Benz SUV stayed behind to slow down military forces.
Two gunmen that had been riding in the black car died while the rest ran into the streets in an effort to mix in with downtown shoppers. Authorities arrested a cartel lookout near the white Mercedes SUV while the rest of the gunmen managed to escape.