Gunfights rock Mexico after gang chief arrest

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Gunfights broke out and automobiles have been set ablaze on Friday in one among Mexico‘s greatest cities alongside the U.S. border, after safety forces arrested a frontrunner of one of many most important drug gangs within the space.

Exercise in components of Reynosa, a metropolis throughout the Rio Grande from McAllen, Texas, floor to a halt on Friday afternoon after automobiles have been torched and taking pictures started, authorities stated.

Earlier within the day, federal police and marines captured “El Gafe,” a frontrunner of the Gulf Cartel, stated a spokesman for police in Reynosa, a metropolis of greater than 600,000 folks within the northeastern state of Tamaulipas.

A federal authorities safety official, talking on situation of anonymity, recognized “El Gafe” as Jose Hugo Rodriguez Sanchez.

The official had earlier named the cartel boss as Jose Tiburcio Hernandez Fuentes. Later, he clarified that Hernandez was a distinct suspected gang member additionally captured.

Three suspected assailants have been killed, and two state police have been injured, the Tamaulipas state authorities stated in a press release. The Reynosa police spokesman stated two bystanders have been apparently killed, however this was not confirmed.

El Gafe was taken to Mexico Metropolis, he added.

Reynosa has been one of the vital violent cities in Mexico over the previous yr, racked by turf wars among the many Gulf Cartel and the Zetas, two drug gangs preventing for management of border smuggling routes and crime rackets.

“The town is totally uncontrolled,” stated Francisco Garcia Cabeza de Vaca, an opposition senator and former mayor of Reynosa.

Greater than 100,000 folks have died in gang-related violence in Mexico over the previous eight years. President Enrique Pena Nieto pledged to revive order when he took workplace in 2012, however though the murder rely has fallen, components of the nation stay mired in violence.

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