Mexico City, Dec 1: At least 14 people died after Mexican security forces engaged in an hour-long gun battle with an armed criminal group in the town of Villa Unión, in the state of Coahuila, about an hour’s drive southwest of Eagle Pass, Texas.
Mexican security forces fought an hour-long gun gunbattle Saturday with suspected cartel gunmen in Villa Union, a town in Coahuila state about an hour’s drive southwest of Eagle Pass, Texas, leaving at least 14 people dead, officials said. Coahuila state Gov Miguel Riquelme Solis told local media four of the dead were police officers killed in the initial confrontation, and that several municipal workers were missing, reported ABC news.
He said the armed group stormed the town of 3,000 residents in a convoy of trucks, attacking local government offices and prompting state and federal forces to intervene. Ten alleged members of the Cartel of the Northeast were killed in the response. Videos of the shootout posted on social media showed burned out vehicles and the facade of Villa Union’s municipal office riddled with bullets. Rapid gunfire could be heard in videos along with frantic people telling loved ones to stay indoors.
Security forces will remain in the town for several days to restore a sense of calm, the governor said.
“These groups won’t be allowed to enter state territory,” the government of Coahuila said in a statement. (UNI)