Bullets fired near the US-Mexico border, so far 18 people have died, help sought from the army

The east side of the city is bordered by the US state of Texas.  (AP)

The east side of the city is bordered by the US state of Texas. (AP)

Army, National Guard and state police and other agencies had to be called after the firing. Officials said they have detained a man and recovered two women who were apparently abducted from his car.

Ciudad Victoria (Mexico). Gunmen aboard several vehicles opened fire on Saturday in the Mexican city of Renosa, adjacent to the US border. At least 18 people have died in the violence so far. 40 people are also said to be injured. Reynosa Mayor Maki Esther Ortiz Dominguez took to Twitter to demand the safety of citizens.

The Tamaulipas state agency, which coordinates with security forces, said in a statement that the attacks began around noon in the eastern parts of the city. The east side of the city is bordered by the US state of Texas. The agency said one person was killed in an attack on police near the border bridge, but it was not clear whether the others were targeted and shot.

Army, National Guard and state police and other agencies had to be called after the firing. Officials said they have detained a man and recovered two women who were apparently abducted from his car. They have confiscated three vehicles.

Tamaulipas Governor Francisco Gracia Cabeza de Vaca on Sunday condemned the incident and offered condolences to the civilians killed. He said that the motive behind the attack would be probed. Most of the criminal incidents in this area are linked to the Gulf Cartel, although there has been a break in this group. (AFP Input)




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