Army kills 5 in Nuevo Laredo attack
December 19th 2012 · 0 Comments
Nuevo Laredo has seen no break in violence as gunfights occur almost daily. Attacks on bars and restaurants continue to occur, leaving none safe. Seven were recently killed in the La Palma restaurant and grenades were thrown in the Taverna de Moe bar.
ARTICLES BELOW DETAILING SOME OF THE RECENT VIOLENCE
By Laredo Morning Times
Published: Tuesday, December 18, 2012 8:00 AM CST
Five alleged members of an organized crime gang died Monday morning after a half-hour gunfight following an ambush of soldiers in Nuevo Laredo, Mexico.
That increased the December death toll to 17 in a week of gang-related violence in the city, a federal source said, speaking on the condition of anonymity.
At about 8:30 a.m., gunmen attacked a military convoy traveling through an area known as “Caracol,” or snail in Spanish, located at Anahuac and the Airport highways.
“Gunmen fired on the soldiers,” the source said. “All of them were very young men.”
Traffic was described as heavy during the gunfight due to the early hour, but there were no reports of injuries or deaths to motorists.
Soldiers cordoned off the area, which was reopened to traffic at about 10 a.m. after authorities investigated the incident.
The source said soldiers confiscated four assault weapons, ammunition, radios and other unspecified military hardware.
“In the most recent clashes, we’ve noticed the majority of gunmen are young people between 16 to 25 years old,” the federal source said.
“In fact, we believe they are inexperienced in handling weapons and training seems very minimal.”
Violent erupted in Nuevo Laredo after officials stated a truce between the Gulf Cartel and Zetas was broken.
The following is a recap of the violence this month:
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