An hour long gun battle around 11:45 a.m. in the small town of Villa Union, Coahuila State, Mexico, left 4 police officers dead and 17 cartel members deceased. The town of 3,000 people was attacked by armed cartel members in a convoy of trucks on Saturday. Several city workers are still missing. The Mexican town is only about an hours drive southwest of Eagle Pass, Texas.
The cartel members sprayed government buildings, a health building, and a church with bullets as they attacked Villa Union. Ten cartel members were killed in the initial response, along with 4 police officers. Seven more cartel members were killed on Sunday, bringing the death toll to 21.
Aprox a las 11:45 de la mañana de este sábado se registró una balacera entre presuntos miembros del crimen organizado y elementos de la Secretaría de la Defensa Nacional (Sedena) en Villa Unión, Coahuila. pic.twitter.com/p3mdmgdREn
— hermes (@vialhermes) November 30, 2019
Approximately 11:45 a.m. on Saturday, a shootout was registered between suspected members of organized crime and elements of the National Defense Secretariat (Sedena) in Villa Unión, Coahuila.
The cartel responsible is the CDN – Cartel of the Northeast. It is a faction of the Zetas cartel.
Death toll now up to at least 21 after suspected Northeast Cartel members – a Zetas faction – in #Mexico stormed into Villa Unión & battled security forces in Coahuila state just south of US-Mexico border. Trucks were set ablaze and city hall was riddled with bullets, via @AP. https://t.co/qBftnVklAv pic.twitter.com/kFi4xF5uvN
— Parker James Asmann (@PJAsmann) December 1, 2019
La diferencia de cómo los Policias y Militares son rebasados en equipo y armamento!! Esto pasó en Villa Unión Coahuila, me gustaría que usted en persona fuera a regañarlos haber si es cierto!!!?? @lopezobrador_ pic.twitter.com/VP6vnlsFHU
— MANUEL JUÁREZ (@MENY13607327) November 30, 2019
The Coahuila government stated they were still chasing down remnants of the convoy.
Videos of the shootout posted on social media showed burned out vehicles and the facade of Villa Union’s city hall riddled with bullets. Rapid gunfire could be heard in videos along with frantic people telling friends to stay indoors.
The governor said security forces would remain in the town for several days to restore a sense of calm.
Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador has been under scrutiny for the uptick in homicides by cartels since he took office. His policy has been “hugs not bullets” in dealing with the cartels. Mexican officials stated that there have been 29,414 homicides so far this year- up from 28,869 in the same period last year. (Fox) “Hugs” aren’t working.
“In seconds they destroy the police and the police are obviously at the mercy of the bullets, the government urges it and it is their obligation to invest money in armament and equipment there is no other, we already saw the strategy of kisses and hugs, poor families.” Twitter user
Mexico has repeatedly refused US intervention to handle the cartel problem. Secretary of State Pompeo is scheduled to meet this week with his Mexican counterpart to discuss collaboration on security measures.
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