Hours-long cartel battle near U.S. border leaves 19 dead, including 4 state police officers

Hours-long cartel battle near U.S. border leaves 19 dead, including 4 state police officers
Town hall in Villa Union, MX after gun battle between cartel and security forces, 30 Nov 2019. NBC News video

[Ed. – This situation continues to get progressively worse.  The U.S. side of the border needs to be firmly inaccessible to the cartels, so that they have no options for revenue or logistics on our side of it.]

The attack in the town of Villa Union, around 40 miles southwest of Eagle Pass, Tex., highlighted how the splintering of Mexico’s top cartels has sparked more violence. It was believed to be carried out by the Cartel of the Northeast, an offshoot of the once-powerful Zetas, which is based in the border city of Nuevo Laredo. Several groups that spun off from the Gulf and Zetas cartels are fighting with each other in Tamaulipas and nearby states.

The attackers swept into Villa Union in at least 14 trucks, some of them armored and bearing the cartel’s logo, according to news reports.

The gunmen unleashed a furious battle at the town hall, peppering the facade with bullets. Terrified residents shut themselves in their homes as the pop-pop-pop of gunfire filled the air, according to local news reports and video. …

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Mexican police and soldiers, backed by army helicopters, chased them in an operation that stretched into Sunday morning …

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