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8 killed in shootout between Mexican troopers, suspected cartel gunmen near U.S. border

Seven suspected cartel gunmen and one soldier had been killed in a shootout Wednesday between the military and gang members in the northern Mexico border metropolis of Nuevo Laredo, authorities mentioned.

The shootings had been the second time in as many weeks that large-scale violence has hit Nuevo Laredo, throughout the border from Laredo, Texas.

Police in the border state of Tamaulipas  mentioned navy personnel had been attacked and one soldier was killed and 7 had been wounded. Seven presumed attackers additionally died, police mentioned.

The shootout came about on a roadway about 3 miles from the U.S. border. State police mentioned there had been “risk situations” – normally a reference to gunfire – at a number of factors in the town, however that the outbreaks had been managed.

In late November, gunfire in Nuevo Laredo pressured the cancellation of faculty courses and an advisory from the U.S. Consulate to shelter in place.

President Andrés Manuel López Obrador mentioned the shootings in November got here in response to the arrest of a cartel chief, however didn’t elaborate. The metropolis has lengthy been dominated by the Northeast cartel, an offshoot of the outdated Zetas gang.

The U.S. Consulate in Nuevo Laredo cancelled visa appointments Wednesday.

Earlier this year, the U.S. approved the departure of households and a few personnel on the consulate after drug cartel gunmen fired on the consulate constructing.

That gunfire got here in retaliation for the arrest of drug gang chief Juan Gerardo Treviño, also referred to as “El Huevo.” U.S. authorities describe him as a founder and chief of the Northeast cartel.

The Justice Department said an indictment unsealed towards Treviño prices him with 11 counts of drug trafficking conspiracy and different prices that might ship him to jail for all times. The division referred to as Treviño the “drug trafficker, enforcer, weapons procurer, and plaza leader” of the cartel.

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