Troops kill eight in highway battles in northern Mexico

February 5th, 2015  
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Topic: Troops kill eight in highway battles in northern Mexico

Mexican federal troops killed eight alleged gang members on Wednesday in battles along a highway near the U.S. border in the northern state of Tamaulipas, a region plagued by a bloody dispute between the Gulf and the Zetas drug cartels. The gunmen were killed in separate battles after they hijacked buses and used them to block a highway between the cities of Matamoros and Reynosa, opposite the Texas border towns of Brownsville and McAllen, a federal and state police task force said. Residents rely on reports from social media to find out about frequent gun battles, which can rage for hours. Tamaulipas state led the country in kidnappings in 2014, with 264 cases compared with 211 in 2013.


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