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Panic after violence in Mexico border city, 18 killed forcibly

Mexico: Panic erupted in the Mexican border city of Reynosa when gunmen in vehicles killed 14 people, including taxi drivers, workers and a nursing student, and security forces responded with an operation that killed four suspects.

According to the Tamaulipas state agency that coordinates security forces, the attacks began on the afternoon of June 19 in several areas of eastern Reynosa, which borders the Texas city of McAllen. Photos posted on social media showed bodies on the streets.

While the town across the border with McAllen, Texas, has been used to perpetrate violence as a major smuggling point, 14 victims in Saturday’s attacks were killed by Tamaulipas Governor Francisco García Cabeza de Veca, rather than members of a gang. "innocent citizens" said. killed by an opponent.

Local businessman Michel Chavaria Garza said many businesses were closed early Saturday after the attacks and people were scared as helicopters flew overhead. On Sunday, he said, "People were silent as if nothing happened, but with a sense of anger because now the crime has happened to innocent people." Taxi driver René Guevara said, "This is not right," He said that among the dead were two of his fellow taxi drivers, whom he defended and said they were not involved in the crime.

Experts say there has been an internal struggle within the group since 2017 to control key areas of drug and human trafficking. Apparently, a cell from a nearby town must have entered Reynosa to carry out the attacks.

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