The Texas-based Laredo Morning Times daily featured a series of shootings near Walmart Mall in the Mexican city of Nuevo Laredo, near Laredo, Texas.
According to Breitbart News, the shootings began on Tuesday morning, the Mexican armed forces conducted a series of raids aimed at capturing the leadership of the Los Zetas cartel called Cartel Del Noreste. Cartel militants responded with lightning speed, firing in several cities near Texas.
Citizen journalists, armed with smartphones, shot everything that was happening on video and shared it on social networks.
@cnnbrk @FoxNews @ABC @HLNTV shootout between cartel and Mexican military in Nuevo Laredo Tamaulipas Walmart across from Laredo, Tx pic.twitter.com/sxR44QTw4o
– Moses C (@ Mocan_917) July 10, 2018
The Mexican authorities did not make an official statement regarding the incident.
The shootings occurred 2 days later, after a group of drug cartel killers shot the director of the Nuevo Laredo prison, Edgar Umberto Vega Avalos. He was driving in his American-made car when the killers opened fire on the vehicle in which he was on Saturday evening. In these frames, the crime scene where Avalos was killed.
Fue una emboscada por parte del # CártelDelNoreste hacia el director del penal # 2 de nuevo laredo.
Si gustas ver el video completo
Aqui te dejamos el link ?https://t.co/qPm4taI98B pic.twitter.com/SGXtrWXquy
– LaVozDelPueblo (Oficial) (@ Lavozddlpueblo2) July 8, 2018
On Tuesday, firing was opened near AutoZone and Walmart Shopping Center, 1.30 miles from Texas.
One of the citizen journalists risked his life by making these shots.
Retweeted FRONTERA ROJO VIVO (@nuevolaredovivo): # NuevoLaredo #Tamaulipas #Mexico #SDRLaredo Momento de la Balacera aqui en la Plaza La Alameda asi se cubrieron de las balas pic.twitter.com/vY6bcVvWNe
– Martin RT News ™ (@MartinGomezCald) July 10, 2018
While the authorities dealt with the situation with the shootout, motorists came under crossfire. The hidden cameras inside Walmart, located 1.30 miles from the Texas border, were filmed when Mexican special forces clashed with members of the Mexican cartel.
#SDRLaredo #NuevoLaredo #Tamaulipas Ayer Elementos del Ejercito en operativo dentro de Paseo Reforma “Walmart” cazando cuazitos pic.twitter.com/H6HrTuryax
– FRONTERA ROJO VIVO (@nuevolaredovivo) July 10, 2018
The US State Department assigned the state of Tamaulipas, where it all happened, a fourth level of danger: “Do not travel.”
“Often the targets of armed criminal groups are public and private passenger buses passing through Tamaulipas, passengers are taken hostage and demand ransom. Local law enforcement agencies have very limited ability to respond to violence in different parts of the state, ”the State Department said in a statement.
As for the elected Mexican President Andrés Manuel Lopez Obrador, he intends to create new border police forces to take control of the country’s northern and southern borders.
Outgoing Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto transfers power to Obrador on December 1. After herself, Peña Nieto leaves the country, suffering from a record high number of murders.
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According to Bloomberg, Obrador will meet with US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Friday. Both are likely to discuss events in Nuevo Laredo. It is hardly worth expecting that in the near future the problem will be solved with a record high level of homicides and violence in Mexico, the organizers of which are often drug cartels. And the peak of violence is yet to come.