Mexican security forces fought an hour-long gun gunbattle Saturday with suspected cartel gunmen, leaving at least 21 people dead, officials say. The gunmen are members of a faction of Los Zetas called Cartel Del Noreste. The Zetas is a Mexican criminal syndicate and is regarded as one of the most dangerous of the country’s drug cartels. The shootout, which took place in Villa Union in Coahuila state, left the area looking like a war zone.
Four police officers were among nearly two dozen people killed after security forces engaged in an hour-long gunbattle with suspected cartel members Saturday in a Mexican town near the U.S. border, days after President Trump said he was moving to designate Mexican drug cartels as terror organizations.
The shootout happened around noon in the small town of Villa Union, a town in Coahuila state located about an hour’s drive southwest of Eagle Pass, Texas.
Coahuila state Gov. Miguel Angel Riquelme told local media that four of the dead were police officers killed in the initial confrontation and that several municipal workers were missing. On Sunday, the Coahuila state government said that security forces killed seven additional members of the gang, bringing the death toll to at least 21.