Monday 11 February 2013

Video reveals startling daylight battle in Reynosa that leaves five dead

In downtown Reynosa, Tamaulipas  directly across the border from Hidalgo, Texas  a daytime shootout on February 11 that left five dead has been caught at a distance by a videographer. On a sunlit day, overlooking the city from high in a building, the sound of small arms fire and heavy weapons can be heard as police and gangsters engage in open battle.

The clash began as a chase on the Bulevar Luis Echeverría, with the most intense fighting happening around noon near the bullfight ring at Matamoros and Palafox streets. There was also fighting near City Hall, which is close to many schools.

The entire altercation only lasted ten minutes, but some concerned parents braved the streets and moved openly to be with their children in the schools.

The conflict resulted in a wide response by security, with municipal, state, and federal police, as well as the military, deployed and present in the streets.

All five dead are reported to be “civilians”, meaning that no police or military were killed. 

The attacks came just as two bombs went off in downtown Nuevo Laredo, Tamaulipas,  near the city hall.

The video from Reynosa, which is not graphic, can be seen below:

(TE Wilson is the author of Mezcalero, a Detective Sánchez novel.)

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