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WorldDeath toll in Mexico border shootings rises to 30

01:05  12 january  2019
01:05  12 january  2019 Source:   msn.com

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MEXICO CITY (AP) — Mexican authorities said Friday that a soldier and five attackers died in a clash between gunmen and an army patrol in the northern border state of Tamaulipas, bringing that state’s death toll in two days of presumed gang-related violence to 30 . A group of armed assailants attacked

Migrant deaths along the Mexico –U.S. border occur hundreds of times a year because of those attempting to cross into the United States from Mexico illegally.

Death toll in Mexico border shootings rises to 30© Provided by AFP Tamaulipas has become one of the most violent states in Mexico as rival drug cartels fight each other for its strategic position on the US border

MEXICO CITY — Mexican authorities said Friday that a soldier and five attackers died in a clash between gunmen and an army patrol in the northern border state of Tamaulipas, bringing that state's death toll in two days of presumed gang-related violence to 30.

A group of armed assailants attacked a military patrol Thursday on a highway near the Rio Grande, wounding one soldier who later died of his wounds, said a Tamaulipas state official, who was not authorized to be quoted by name. The official said the patrol returned fire, killing five assailants.

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Local media reported that some of the gunmen were wearing flak vests and military-style camouflage and that at least one of their vehicles had rudimentary bullet-proofing of welded steel plates. The area where the confrontation occurred, near the town of Miguel Aleman, has long been dominated by the Zetas drug cartel.

The town is about 50 miles (80 kilometers) west of McAllen, Texas, where U.S. President Donald Trump visited Thursday to push for expanding existing border walls along the entire length of the border.

The state official said the death toll in a separate presumed drug cartel shootout Wednesday near Miguel Aleman had risen to 24, with the discovery of three more bodies.

Experts originally counted 21 dead, many found in twisted piles of charred corpses in a field near burned-out vehicles. The state official said Thursday that continued investigations located three more bodies.

Those killings apparently arose from a dispute between the Gulf cartel and a faction of the Zetas cartel.

Death toll from Mexico fuel explosion rises to 79: official.
The death toll from a fiery explosion at the site of an illegally tapped fuel line in central Mexico rose Sunday to 79, officials said.Hundreds of people had been drawn to the site in the state of Hidalgo on Friday to gather fuel amid shortages and a government crackdown on pipeline fuel thefts.The cause of the explosion is under investigation, Attorney General Alejandro Gertz told a news conference.Health Minister Jorge Alcocer said six more bodies were found during a final search of the site in the town of Tlahuelilpan, in addition to 73 previously reported dead.He said 66 people injured in the explosion were hospitalized in Hidalgo, while those in more serious condition have been moved to Mexico City for specialized care."There are patients in serious condition with burns of more than 80 percent (of their bodies)," he said, adding that their prognosis was "reserved."The search for remains ended late Saturday but families of the victims called for the search to continue and for forensic experts to return to the scene.Images captured by local media showed a torrent of fuel escaping from a pipeline after thieves tapped into it.As many as 700 people had converged on the site with buckets and drums to collect gasoline when the explosion occurred.Local media showed people screaming as they fled, their clothes in flames, some with severe burns.Gertz said that the investigation did not seek to "victimize the communities.""We are going to find those responsible for actions that generated this tragedy," he said. "Victimizing the whole population is not (the investigation's) function nor is it established in the law.

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