Leaders of Gulf Cartel and Zetas killed in shoot out in Mexico
Two top drug traffickers have been killed in pre-dawn shootouts Saturday with federal force in the northern Mexico border state of Tamaulipas, authorities reported.In previous encounters where there was an attempt to arrest Salinas, two Americans were wounded. The Mexican border area where cartels are fighting over distribution corridors is a dangerous place. The cartels are similar to an insurgency and there are likely people willing to step up for a chance at the riches of the drug trade.
The Tamaulipas security spokesman's office says the men were killed in separate confrontations, which left highways littered with burned-out vehicles.
Julian Loisa Salinas, better known as "Comandante Toro," was killed in the border city of Reynosa, across the border from McAllen, Texas.
On Saturday, photos showed burned-out cars, trucks and buses littering the streets, and state authorities said his supporters had set fires and tried to block roads in Reynosa in an unsuccessful effort to help him escape.
Also Saturday, the leader of the rival "Zetas" cartel in the Tamaulipas state capital of Ciudad Victoria was killed in a similar shootout further south. He was tentatively identified as Francisco "Pancho" Carreon.