UPDATE: Death toll rises after apparent cartel siege on Mexican town
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Mexico City — A Mexican border governor said Monday the death toll from a weekend battle between drug cartel members and security forces has risen to 22. Coahuila Governor Miguel Riquelme said two additional gunmen died overnight. He did not say whether they had died of injuries from Saturday’s gunbattle or in subsequent operations.
Police and soldiers have been sweeping the area around Villa Union for those involved. Riquelme told Radio Formula Monday that all hostages have been rescued.
The article goes on to state the following:
Riquelme said 16 gunmen and four police officers were killed. He said two civilians also were slain by gunmen after being abducted.
The gunmen “stormed the town of 3,000 residents in a convoy of trucks,” CBS News reports, targeting local government offices. They left bullet-riddled trucks behind bearing the Spanish initials of the Cartel of the Northeast gang (C.D.N.).
Some of the gunmen stole vehicles and kidnapped civilians to “help guide them on dirt tracks out of town, the governor said,” CBS News reports.
The two murdered civilians were a firefighter and a municipal engineer. At least one of the vehicles the gunmen stole was a hearse headed for a funeral, local newspaper Zocalo of Saltillo reported.
In the videos below, gunfire can be heard in quiet, residential areas after residents recorded the chilling sounds and posted them on social media.
Former Acting ICE Director Tom Homan spoke out about the violent incident Monday, saying it may be time for the United States to support the efforts of Mexican forces as they battle the powerful drug cartels.
The cartels have gone on multiple murderous rampages against Mexican police officers, politicians, reporters, and civilians. For example, late last month, Cartel gunmen stormed the General Hospital of Salvatierra, located about 160 miles northwest of Mexico City, dragging a patient away. The man was later discovered dismembered.
President Donald J. Trump suggested in an interview with former Fox News host Bill O’Reilly last week that some Mexican cartels should be designated as Foreign Terrorist Organizations (FTO), and said his administration is “in the process” of doing that.
The picture from Villa Union of Mexico where drug cartels and security forces had intensive clashing inside town today…
The face of Jesus on the wall tells a lot… pic.twitter.com/lb3FhhRVed
— Ali ŞAHİN (@AliSahin501) December 1, 2019
— CBS News (@CBSNews) December 2, 2019
Mexican security forces fought an hour-long gun gunbattle Saturday with suspected cartel gunmen in Villa Union, a town in Coahuila state about an hour’s drive southwest of Eagle Pass, Texas, leaving at least 14 people dead, officials saidhttps://t.co/hPxVZo2wr6
— KTLA (@KTLA) December 1, 2019
Así quedó la presidencia de Villa Unión ,Coahuila tras el ataque narco terrorista del Cártel Del Noreste #CDN
Que déjo a 10 sicarios abatidos y 4 policías estatales caídos en cumplimiento de su deber.#FuchiGuácala pic.twitter.com/phd5qKYoBt
— La Voz Del Pueblo (Oficial) (@LPueblo2) December 1, 2019
En Villa Unión, al menos 13 camionetas, algunas con blindaje artesanal del Cartel del Noreste, fueron destrozadas por las balas de la policía y los militares.
10 presuntos delincuentes fueron abatidos, 4 policías muertos y otros 6 más resultaron lesionados. pic.twitter.com/TmoqvARAUx
— Juan Andres Martinez (@Jandresmtz) December 1, 2019
Another deadly confrontation in Mexico between cartel members and security forces…
Armed men from the Cartel del Noreste rolled into the town of #VillaUnion on Saturday, attempting to take over municipal buildings.
20 people lost their lives in the gun battle that followed. pic.twitter.com/ZhU0vSLAmq
— On Demand News (@ODN) December 2, 2019
Cartels have been contending for control of smuggling routes in northern Mexico, but there was no immediate evidence that a rival cartel had been targeted in Villa Union. https://t.co/tO1Yqjs7yo
— KSNV News 3 (@News3LV) December 1, 2019
Hey guys whoever has family in Villa union, Allende, Zaragoza, Nava and Morelos make sure to check in on them and pray for their safety. Didn’t think my family could be in danger and it’s honestly unsettling that my sisters are only a few minutes away from it. pic.twitter.com/prjcSGXchk
— Mel (@meldelirious) November 30, 2019
Mexican Drug Cartel In Mexico Engage police.
The shootout happened around noon in the small town of Villa Union, a town in Coahuila state located about an hour’s drive southwest of Eagle Pass, Texas.
Coahuila, State Gov. Miguel Angel Riquelme told local. pic.twitter.com/iTTiyFCRRJ
— Leo Bruskony (@bruskony) December 2, 2019
Así vivieron en Villa Unión, Coahuila, la balacera protagonizada por integrantes del Cartel del Noreste.
— ABCNoticias.mx (@ABCNoticiasMX) December 1, 2019
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