Skip to comments.News Troops kill 3 gunmen in northern Mexico, seize weapons, vehicles
Posted on 05/20/2011 12:01:08 PM PDT by SwinneySwitch
Mexico City Three suspected organized crime gummen were killed and another three were wounded in a clash near the northeastern Mexican city of Matamoros with army troops, who seized more than 100 weapons and nearly a score of vehicles after the gun battle, military sources said.
The Defense Secretariat's 4th Military Region said in a statement that 83 automatic rifles, 18 handguns, five grenade launchers, a rocket launcher, 11 fragmentation grenades, 28 40 mm grenades, 315 ammunition clips, more than 18,000 rounds of ammunition, 17 vehicles and eight kilos of marijuana were confiscated in Wednesday's operation.
The operation began after an air force helicopter detected a convoy of vehicles traveling on a road near Matamoros, Tamaulipas state, and followed them to determine their destination, the secretariat said.
It added that the air force personnel called for army support after gunmen began shooting at the chopper.
When the army troops arrived, the assailants fired gunshots at them and fled in different directions from the soldiers' return fire.
After reinforcements arrived, troops blocked off the area and combed several streets in the zone until they located the abandoned vehicles and weapons.
Tamaulipas and the neighboring state of Nuevo Leon have been rocked by a war among drug cartels for control of smuggling routes into the United States.
The violence has intensified since the February 2010 appearance in the northern industrial city of Monterrey of giant banners heralding an alliance of the Gulf, Sinaloa and La Familia drug cartels against Los Zetas.
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Somewhere, a BATF(E) bureaucrat just had a heart attack.
As far as our border patrol agents are concerned, I feel they should shoot first and ask questions later.
You can never have TOO MANY bullets.
Could you please remove the word “News” from the headline?
Makes it appear the media are armed...or have their own army?
“News Troops....” ??
More of those mellow, peace-loving Mexican drug-dealers. Buying and smoking pot doesn’t hurt anyone. You can’t hurt any more after the drug dealers cut your head off to get that gringo money.
'Ats all a feller needs for a real fun week-end in Las Vegas...props to Slim Pickens...;)
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