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At least 14 dead in Mexico gun battle near Texas border

An armed group stormed the town of 3,000 residents in a convoy of trucks.

A wall is riddled with bullet holes after a gun battle between Mexican security forces and suspected cartel gunmen (Gerardo Sanchez/AP)
A wall is riddled with bullet holes after a gun battle between Mexican security forces and suspected cartel gunmen (Gerardo Sanchez/AP)

By Associated Press Reporter

At least 14 people have been killed in a gun battle in Mexico.

Security forces fought an hour-long battle with suspected drug cartel gunmen in Villa Union, a town in Coahuila state about an hour south-west of Eagle Pass, Texas.

Coahuila state governor 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.

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.

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A damaged pick-up marked with the initials CDN, that in Spanish stands for Cartel of the Northeast, is left on the streets after the gun battle (Gerardo Sanchez/AP)

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.

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The City Hall of Villa Union was left riddled with bullet holes (Gerardo Sanchez/AP)

Mexico’s murder rate has increased to historically high levels, inching up by 2% in the first 10 months of the presidency of Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador.

Federal officials said recently that there have been 29,414 homicides so far in 2019, compared to 28,869 in the same period of 2018.

The November slaughter by Mexican drug cartel gunmen of three women who held US citizenship and six of their children focused world attention on the rising violence.

PA

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