MEXICO CITY - At least 17 suspected cartel gunmen and four police were killed during shootouts over the weekend in a Mexican town near the U.S. border, days after U.S. President Donald Trump raised bilateral tensions by saying he would designate the gangs as terrorists.
The government of the northern state of Coahuila said state police clashed at midday Saturday with a group of heavily armed gunmen riding in pickup trucks in the small town of Villa Union, about 40 miles southwest of the border city of Piedras Negras.
Standing outside the Villa Union mayor's bullet-ridden offices, Coahuila Governor Miguel Angel Riquelme told reporters the state had acted "decisively" to tackle the cartel henchmen. Four police were killed and six were injured, he said.
At least 10 suspected cartel members and four police officers killed during shootout in Mexico's Villa Union town near the US border pic.twitter.com/ZUBhUY1wzm— TRT World Now (@TRTWorldNow) December 1, 2019
Presidencia Municipal de Villa Unión Coahuila pic.twitter.com/8hUgLE31mi— Ricardo (@RicardoGXIII) November 30, 2019
Hey guys whoever has family in Villa union, Allende, Zaragoza, Nava and Morelos make sure to check in on them and pray for their safety. Didn’t think my family could be in danger and it’s honestly unsettling that my sisters are only a few minutes away from it. pic.twitter.com/prjcSGXchk— Mel (@meldelirious) November 30, 2019
Reportan ataques a instalaciones del C4 en Piedras Negras, a unos metros del puente internacional. Previamente un convoy de camionetas irrumpió en Villa Unión, donde atacó la Presidencia Municipal. La SSP Coahuila no se ha pronunciado al respecto. pic.twitter.com/q2CbKvWCZx— Néstor González (@nestorago) November 30, 2019
#BREAKING: Cartels and Mexican Police clash near U.S. border. There are reports of casulties.— EHA News (@eha_news) December 1, 2019
• Cartel members stormed Villa Union town with heavy weapons.
• 10 Cartel members and 4 Police officers killed.
*Some municipality staff kidnapped by the Cartels according to locals pic.twitter.com/KwVx9yxX8y
#VIDEO #balacera #VillaUnion #SEDENA #CivilesArmados— ImparcialCoahuila (@ImparcialCoahu1) November 30, 2019
Irrumpe en paz del municipio de Villa Unión, con enfrentamiento entre civiles armados y elementos de la SEDENAhttps://t.co/LrO1PTVd55 pic.twitter.com/xFqRUmg9eM
Mexican state police clashed Saturday with a group of heavily armed gang members in the northern town of Villa Union, about 65 km from the US border.— The Wire (@thewire_in) December 1, 2019
Four officers died and six were wounded in the hour-long confrontation in the state of Coahuila.https://t.co/pIn8i2rmSb