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Armed confrontation near Mexico-US border highlights rising drug-related violence and collateral death and injury risks in Tamaulipas

11 January 2019


Tamaulipas state Attorney General Irving Barrios said on 10 January 2019 that security forces had discovered 21 dead bodies, of which 15 had been incinerated, in Miguel Aleman municipality, which borders the US and is adjacent to the Mexican city of Nuevo Laredo.

The victims belonged to either the North Eastern cartel (Cartel del Norteste: CDN) or the Gulf Cartel (Cartel del Golfo: CDG) but were wearing military attire, according to Barrios. They died following an armed confrontation which also led to several vehicles being set on fire. CDN was founded in the nearby city of Nuevo Laredo by drug boss Kiko Treviño who was captured in 2016 and is currently in prison in the US.

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