Shootout from moving vehicles kills 18 near US-Mexico border
Published: 04:05 PM, 21 June 2021 Updated: 04:11 PM, 21 June 2021
Additional members the National Guard have been deployed in the Mexican city of Reynosa on the U.S. border; Photo: Collected
Gunmen in vehicles opened fire in the Mexican city of Reynosa on the U.S. border, killing at least 14 people and causing widespread panic, authorities said.
Security forces killed four suspects, including one who died near a border bridge. - reports AP.
The Mexican security forces said gunmen opened fire from moving vehicles in several areas of the city on Saturday afternoon in several neighborhoods in eastern Reynosa, which borders the Texas city of McAllen.
Reynosa Tamaulipas state security forces said in a statement that several shootings took place in different areas of the city on Saturday. The miscreants carried out the attack with multiple vehicles.
At first, 15 people were reported killed in the shooting, but three more bullet-hit bodies were later recovered, the statement said, mentioning that “additional members of the army, state police and the National Guard have been deployed in the area since the killings”.
Authorities arrested a suspected assailant and seized three trucks after the incident, the statement said.
Several local drug trafficking rings have been battling for control of the town of Reynosa for the past few years. Along the Reynosa border near the city of Texas, there are frequent clashes over the dominance and control of the area by drug trafficking gangs. Reynosa is also known as one of the most violent areas in Mexico.