SALTILLO, Coahuila — Two gunmen died after getting into a shootout with state police officers.
The recent shootout took place along the highway that connects this city, the capital of Coahuila, with the Mexican state of Zacatecas, information provided to Breitbart Texas by the Coahuila government revealed. In an area known as the Derramadero, authorities established a security checkpoint to diminish criminal activities. It was in that area that two men traveling in a double cab Chevrolet pickup tried to drive past the checkpoint at a high rate of speed. When authorities chased, the gunmen began shooting at law enforcement.
A few meters ahead, the gunmen once again began to fire at law enforcement–causing them to shoot back in self-defense. The two suspects died shortly thereafter.
As Breitbart Texas reported in recent months, Coahuila is a contested region sought by various cartels for access to the Texas border. While Coahuila has long been a territory used by Los Zetas and later by Los Zetas faction, Cartel Del Noreste–their rivals Vieja Escuela Z are trying to take control of key border cities. The state has also seen activity from the Sinaloa Cartel and Cartel Jalisco Nueva Generacion. The presence of four organizations set off a series of executions and clashes with authorities in various parts of the state.
Editor’s Note: Breitbart Texas traveled to the Mexican States of Tamaulipas, Coahuila, and Nuevo León 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 various cartels that operate in those areas including the Gulf Cartel and Los Zetas 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 “J.M. Martinez” from Coahuila.