9 die in Reynosa shootouts
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By Chris Covert

A total of nine unidentified shooters were killed, and three armed suspects were detained in a series of shootouts between rival drug gangs and Mexican security forces early Saturday morning in the northern Mexican city of Reynosa, according to Mexican news accounts.

According to a news item posted on the website of Excelsior news daily, the initial gunfight took place between drug gangs on the Reynosa-Monterrey highway at the southern entrance to the city at about 0600 hrs Saturday morning. Four drug gang shooters were killed in that gunfight.

A subsequent confrontation took place in the Villa Florida colony with no one reported hurt.

Subsequently still, gunfights took place in the barrios Unidad Obrera, Granjas, Cumbres, Vista Hermosa, as well as Zona Centro of Reynosa. A total of five shooters were reportedly killed in that series of gunfights.

Later, drug gang members blocked several major thoroughfares in the city, using hijacked heavy vehicles.

According to an account published on the website of El Universal news daily, among the streets affected by the roadblocking campaign included Bulevar Hidalgo, the highway to Monterrey and streets in Balcones and Villas del Roble colonies.

An undisclosed number of weapons and munitions were seized by Mexican security forces.

A video of the aftermath was posted on Youtube.com by Excelsior:

Chris Covert writes Mexican Drug War and national political news for Rantburg.com
Posted by: badanov 2012-11-04