War broke out in the streets of Nuevo Laredo as rival cartel factions clashed in their ongoing struggle for power. During the fighting, members of the Los Zetas cartel ambushed the Mexican military. Unofficial information points to dozens of victims being shot.
Information released by the Tamaulipas government points to four gunmen and one soldier dying in addition to six other soldiers being injured in the clash.
In addition to the military injuries, sources point to multiple gunmen being shot during the clashes between the two rival cartels.
The first clash involving the military took place shortly after 9 p.m. in the western side of Nuevo Laredo in the La Fe neighborhood when the Mexican military was responding to an ongoing firefight between rival cartel factions. As the military troops approached, a convoy of gunmen ambushed them near a shopping center, in the clash, one soldier died while six others were injured.
The second clash involving the military took place at 9:50 along Boulevard Colosio, one of the city’s main avenues. A military convoy that had been searching for gunmen came under fire. In an effort to fight off the attack, the Mexican military killed four of the gunmen.
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