Thursday, October 23, 2014
Bloody Tamaulipas remains far from subdued
At least 19 gunmen were killed by Mexican security forces Tuesday in three separate incidents in the border towns of Matamoros and Río Bravo, Tamaulipas, national defense authorities have reported.
In each case, Marines and Federal Police on patrol were fired upon by unidentified assailants, according to government spokesmen. Los Zetas and the Gulf Cartel have long waged a war for control of the violent state's lucrative drug trafficking routes, which lead into Texas.
Tamaulipas has been under special federal security measures since May, the success of which remains in hot dispute.
The U.S. Consulate in Matamoros warned American travelers in August that "no highway routes through Tamaulipas are considered safe."
Nov. 11 - Pregnant U.S. national, 14, in critical condition after being shot by Reynosa police
May 13 - Feds announce security plan for bleeding Tamaulipas
May 12 - On the border: Tamaulipas, now a virtual Michoacán II
Dec. 31, 2013 - Violence against Catholic clergy reported in border state of Tamaulipas
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