Mexico gunfight near Texas border leaves over a dozen dead

Villa Union

CITY (AP) - Mexican security forces fought an hour-long gun gunbattle Saturday with suspected cartel gunmen in Villa Union, a town in Coahuila state about an hour's drive southwest of Eagle Pass, Texas, leaving at least 14 people dead, officials said.

Four police were also killed and six wounded in the shootouts, which stunned residents of the town around midday on Saturday, sparking alarm on social media and fresh criticism of the government's approach to handling the powerful gangs.

He also said then that several municipal workers were missing.

The gunmen peppered the Villa Union's mayor's office with bullets and state police pursued the gang members after they fled the town, killing seven more in the early hours of Sunday, the Coahuila government said in a statement.

The Coahuila State Government said in a statement that police, aided by helicopters, were still chasing remnants of the force, which left bullet-riddled trucks marked CDN - initials of the Cartel of the Northeast gang - abandoned in the streets.

Videos of the shootout posted on social media showed burned out vehicles and the facade of Villa Union's municipal office riddled with bullets.

The gunmen descended on the small town of Villa Union, about 27 miles from the border with the United States, in 14 vehicles some of which were outfitted with Barrett machine guns, El Universal cited Riquelme Solis as saying.

Lopez Obrador said Mexico would handle the problem, a view echoed by Riquelme as he spoke to reporters. While pledging to act decisively against the gangs, he said that Mexico needed "collaboration and cooperation", not intervention from overseas.

Rainy day doesn't dampen Small Business Saturday
MA residents continued to make small purchases on the tenth anniversary of Saturday Small Business. The annual day is to help promote local stores in the community during the holiday season.

The governor said he believed the gunmen were members of the Cartel of the Northeast, which is from Tamaulipas state to the east.

In an interview on November 26, Trump told former Fox News host Bill O'Reilly: "I don't want to say what I'm going to do, but they will be designated".

Lopez Obrador said on Friday he would not accept foreign intervention in Mexico to deal with the cartels in response to Trump's comments earlier in the week.

Lopez Obrador took office a year ago pledging to bring peace after more than a decade of gang-fuelled violence. "We're a sovereign, free country", the 66-year-old veteran leftist said in Mexico City's Zocalo central square.

U.S. Attorney General William Barr is due to visit Mexico next week to discuss cooperation over security.

Mexico's murder rate has increased to historically high levels, inching up by 2 per cent in the first 10 months of the presidency of Mr Obrador.

Coahuila state itself has been far from the worst-hit part of Mexico amid violence in recent years.

Related News:



Most liked

No. 16 Auburn upends No. 5 Alabama’s playoff hopes, 48-45
Auburn couldn't get a first down on JaTarvious Whitlow's three runs while Alabama (10-2, 6-2) burned its final two time outs. Sophomore kicker Joseph Bulovas missed a 30-yard field goal attempt with two minutes left down 48-45.

Shoppers turned to their computers for Black Friday sales
Adobe noted that Average Order Value was $168, a new record level yesterday for Black Friday , up 5.9% on a year ago. Edison Trends notes that some big platforms are actually seeing very mixed results this time around.

Virgil Griffith Arrested for Presenting at North Korean Cryptocurrency Conference
Griffith went against the decision and presented at the DPRK Cryptocurrency Conference, violating the USA sanctions against the DPRK.

Fastest emerging Indian economy grounded with lowest growth
He expects the central bank to cut the repurchase rate by 40 basis points over the remainder of the fiscal year. Modi aims to make India a $5 trillion economy in the next five years, up from the current $2.7 trillion.

Lisa Smith: IS recruit and child returning to Ireland
The 38-year-old former Irish Defence Forces member is on her way home after she went to join the Islamic State group in 2015. On the Turkish Airlines flight back and while leaving the plane, Smith is said to have covered her face with a blanket.

Wintry weather wreaks holiday weekend havoc across much of the U.S.
NWS Sacramento warned travelers of possible road closures and moderate to heavy snowfall over the Sierra Nevada through Monday . Knudson said weather would be among several factors reviewed by NTSB investigators, but no cause had yet been determined.

These Samsung smartphones will not receive Android 10 OS update
The Galaxy Note 10 also comes with a dedicated pen accessory, which integrates with Microsoft apps such as OneNote and Outlook. The Dark Mode rolled out in the last version of One UI on Android 9 Pie so this feature is nothing new for the Samsung users.

Nine killed, three injured in United States plane crash
The Brule County Sheriff's Office is investigating the crash, alongside the FAA and the National Transportation Safety Board . Mike and Robin Quinn, owners of Heise Hot Springs, died when their plane went down November 22 near Elko, Nevada.

Ljungberg not planning anything ‘radical’ at Arsenal
Try to concentrate about the game [at Norwich], not the future, try and win that and a few other games and then we will see. Vieira spent nine seasons at Arsenal as a player, winning three Premier League titles and three FA Cups.

Conservative Jitters on Eve of Trump's London Trip
The prime minister has denied this, and this week said if Washington tried to include the NHS in trade talks, "we'd walk away". Taking questions from LBC listeners, Johnson declined to say how many children he had or whether he would have any more.

Leclerc keeps podium - Ferrari fined for fuel breach
I would say, even more so, that the support has been just unbelievable. So I'm waiting to see what he's doing with that.

Eleven injured in shooting in New Orleans; suspect detained
According to Chief Ferguson , the police retrieve footage from the scene to determine what happened and interview witnesses. Nine people were injured, and one was killed, following a 2016 shooting on Bourbon Street in 2016, USA Today noted.

General election 2019: Tory chancellor warns SNP over Labour 'alliance'
But she said opposition parties would need to compromise if they want to win a vote of no confidence in Mr Johnson. Ms Sturgeon added: "This election is an opportunity to play our part in stopping that from happening".

Amazon Alexa Smart TV for $100
On the contrary, we've woken up to even bigger and better deals this morning as early Cyber Monday sales kick-in. In some cases, the prices Walmart are promoting for Cyber Monday are in effect right now.

Best Sony headphones Cyber Monday deals: wireless bargains
Visit Amazon's Cyber Monday page and Walmart's Cyber Monday home page for their latest deals. Bose's wide range of audio offerings remains to be popular among audio enthusiasts.