Three Hours of Terror Near Texas Border as Cartel Firefight Sets Border City Ablaze

Breitbart Texas traveled to the Mexican border cities of Reynosa and Matamoros to recruit citizen journalists willing to risk their lives and expose the cartels silencing their communities.  The writers would face certain death at the hands of the Gulf Cartel if a pseudonym were not used. Breitbart Texas’ Cartel Chronicles are published in both English and in their original Spanish. This article was written by Reynosa’s “AC Del Angel.”

REYNOSA, Tamaulipas — Three hours of terror held this Mexican border city hostage as a cartel firefight raged. A failed attempt to capture the top Gulf Cartel leader in this border city set of an afternoon of terror with rolling gun battles, explosions, cartel blockades and high speed chases.  The raging violence took place just a few miles south of the Texas border.

The violence was the result of a failed operation by Mexico’s Federal Police where they tried to arrest Julian Manuel “Comandante Toro” Loisa Salinas. The operation took place on Wednesday afternoon in the city’s western side around the Granjas and Esfuerzo Nacional neighborhoods and the Berrendo rural road.

Comandante Toro

Comandante Toro — Regional leader of the Gulf Cartel

While in the past Mexican authorities have been able to successfully arrest cartel bosses without violence, in Loisa’s case the operation resulted in multiple shootouts and pursuits. The high speed chases resulted in various car crashes as Gulf Cartel gunmen tried to flee from authorities but ended up crashing with innocent drivers who were at the wrong place at the wrong time. The fighting ended up taking place mainly in the Los Fresnos neighborhood and along the Reynosa Viaduct.

Cartel Violence

As the violence spread, Federal police officers requested backup form the Mexican Army, Mexican Marines and Fuerza Tamaulipas. Citizens who had not heard about the shootout quickly realized it as more than 50 military and police vehicles with blasting sirens rolled down the city’s main road, Boulevard Hidalgo. Even the Reynosa municipal government had to take to social media to issue out an alert about a blockade or an “unconfirmed contingency warning residents to avoid the area.

Reynosa violence

Moments later, the Tamaulipas government also took to social media to issue an alert about a “#SDR” which stands for situation of risk or shootout near the highway leading to Monterrey.

Reynosa Violence

A bullet ridden SUV ended up being left behind long Boulevard hidalgo right outside of the Child and Maternity Hospital. As the violence ensued, a military helicopter arrived at the are to provide air support to the troops on the ground. In an attempt to slow down authorities, cartel lookouts known as “halcones or hawks” began to throw road spikes along multiple roads leading to the area of the shootouts. The spikes were thrown to disable police and military vehicles, however dozens of innocent civilians ended up stranded as their tires blew out.

In an attempt to create cover for the cartel gunmen on the ground, the halcones set stacks of tires on fire in order to impair the visibility of the military snipers that were raining down gunfire from the helicopters.

Reynosa Violence

While the Tamaulipas government has not released any official information about the failed operation, Breitbart Texas has confirmed that one soldier was injured while multiple gunmen ended up behind bars. Authorities have not disclosed if or how many fatalities resulted form the violence. 

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