By Chris Covert
A total of six unidentified armed suspects were killed by Mexican security forces in two separate shootouts in Tamaulipas state Tuesday, according to Mexican news accounts.
A news item posted on the website of El Sol de Zacatecas news daily reported a joint news release by the Procuraduria General de Justicia del Estado (PGJE) and the Secretaria de Seguridad Publica (SSP), stating the two incidents. All the incidents involved units of the Mexican Army.
The first took place, according to the news item, in Ciudad Victoria, the state capitol of Tamaulipas near the intersection of calles Paseo de los Olmos and Olmo Siberiano in Los Olivos colony, where federal security forces killed an unidentified man in his late 30s who was driving a Honda Accord sedan. Several rifles were found aboard the vehicle.
In the trunk of the car an unidentified 18 year old man was found who had apparently been kidnapped. The victim also suffered minor
wounds from the shootout, but is expected to survive.
The second incident took place at around 1130 hrs on the Ciudad Victoria-Llera road at Kilometer 199 near a ranch four kilometers away where five unidentified civilians were killed, presumably by Mexican federal security forces.
Seized in the aftermath were four rifles and four vehicles, two of which were stolen.
Chris Covert writes Mexican Drug War and national political news for Rantburg.com
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