Mar 15, 2012, 4:36 AM
Post #29 of 36
It's a little difficult to follow events unless you read blogs like Borderland Beat or Blog del Narco which have stories based on information that is probably leaked from the PG office. These are two articles that appeared in the Laredo (Texas) newspaper about the events on Tuesday.
MORE BATTLES IN NL STREETS
Laredo Morning Times
Wednesday, March 15, 2012
"An unconfirmed number of suspected armed civilians died and roadblocks were set up after gunbattles broke out Tuesday in Nuevo Laredo, Mexico. At 3 p.m., the municipal government and the U.S. Consulate in Nuevo Laredo confirmed the confrontations through their Facebook and Twitter accounts. “The Consulate General in Nuevo Laredo has received reports of ongoing gunbattles throughout the city of Nuevo Laredo,” a consulate emergency message states. “We advise those in Nuevo Laredo not to leave their homes until the situation is resolved.”
A witness, who asked to remain anonymous, said gunfire erupted at 2:45 p.m. near the intersection of Lincoln Street and Justo Sierra Avenue in Colonia Viveros, near the Library Ruben Miranda Villalba. The witness said several Mexican military vehicles were driving on the wrong side of a one-way street, chasing a vehicle filled with armed civilians. The civilians were shooting at the military, the witness said. State and federal police joined the chase as a helicopter hovered overhead, the witness added. “We’ve heard a lot of gunfire, but never this close,” the witness said. “That gunfire was really loud. I was very scared. “I had never seen this many armed police and military vehicles.” The witness said the person she was with in Nuevo Laredo happened to be near where the chase ended. The vehicle being chased, the witness said, had wrecked near Lincoln and Cesar Lopez de Lara Avenue, about two miles west of where the gunfire erupted. The armed civilians were dead, the witness said.
Although it was unclear if the chase near Lincoln was related to a cartel, an ongoing turf war between members of the rival Zetas and Gulf cartels has flared this month along the Texas-Tamaulipas border. Nuevo Laredo government authorities reported that confrontations occurred Tuesday in residential areas, including Colonias Juarez and Nueva Victoria. Around 4 p.m., another firefight between armed groups and soldiers was reported at the intersection of Eva Samano and Arteaga, west of Nuevo Laredo.
On March 1 in Nuevo Laredo, Gerardo “El Guerra” Guerra Valdez, the Zetas’ plaza boss for Nuevo Laredo, was killed after a firefight with the Mexican Army. Thirteen gunmen died and three soldiers were injured as well, the Mexican military reported.
On March 4, a firefight inside a shopping center off Reforma Avenue left at least 10 people injured. A 19-month-old boy died March 6 of injuries sustained in that firefight."
6 dead, 2 arrested in NL carnage Tuesday
Laredo Morning Times
Thursday, March 15, 2012
"Six gunmen are confirmed dead and two people arrested after a firefight Tuesday afternoon in Nuevo Laredo, Mexico, National Defense Secretariat (SEDENA) officials announced Wednesday.
The names of the deceased were not released, but military officials did say they seized seven assault rifles, 71 ammo clips, 1,550 rounds of ammunition for different calibers of weapons, five .40-caliber grenades, one hand grenade, one grenade launcher and three vehicles.
A SEDENA news release states that soldiers working Operación Noreste — an operation to combat narcotrafficking and organized crime — came under fire when patrolling the vicinity of Avenida César López de Lara and Calle Abraham Lincoln.
Social media users warned people to avoid certain Nuevo Laredo areas. Nuevo Laredo city officials and the U.S. Consulate there confirmed the gunbattles through their Facebook and Twitter accounts around 3 p.m. Consulate officials warned people to stay in “their homes until the situation is resolved.”
Lately, cartel activity has been prevalent in Northern Tamaulipas, On March 1, Nuevo Laredo Zeta plaza leader Gerardo “El Guerra” Guerra Valdez and 12 gunmen died in a confrontation with Mexican troops.
On March 4, a typical Sunday outing at a strip mall by Walmart, off Reforma Avenue, left seven civilians wounded from gunshots.
Bridan Gabriel de Luna Meza, 19 months old, succumbed to his injuries two days after, according to the attorney general for Tamaulipas state. The investigation is ongoing."
I'm not sure what is causing the burst of violence this month. The military has had an ongoing campaign for the last six months in this area and I hope that is all that this is. The incident at WalMart though was an encounter between two cartel groups. Nvo. Laredo has been spared the violence that has plagued other parts of Tamaulipas and particularly Monterrey caused by fighting between the Zetas and the Gulf cartel. Things could get worse if the Gulf cartel tries to re-establish a presence in the city. Time will tell.