At least 18 killed in violence near US-Mexico border


21st June, 2021 10:10:08 AM printer

At least 18 killed in violence near US-Mexico border

Gunmen in vehicles opened fire in the Mexican city of Reynosa on the US 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.

The attacks began on June 19 afternoon in several neighbourhoods in eastern Reynosa, which borders the Texas city of McAllen, according to the Tamaulipas state agency that coordinates security forces. Images posted on social media showed bodies in the streets.

Tamaulipas Gov. Francisco García Cabeza de Vaca on June 20 condemned the loss of “innocent civilian” lives and said the motive for the attack will be investigated.

The area’s criminal activity has long been dominated by the Gulf Cartel, but there have been fractures within the group.

Reynosa Mayor Maki Esther Ortiz Domínguez said city residents must be protected.

The Mexican Army, National Guard, state police and other agencies mobilised after the shootings. During the security sweep, authorities said they detained a person who had two women, apparently kidnapped, in the trunk of his car. They also seized three vehicles.

Reynosa is a key crossing point for migrants attempting to reach the United States.