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International News: 7 cartel members and 1 Mexican soldier killed in shootout in Nuevo Laredo

Posted: Thursday, December 8, 2022. 2:36 pm CST.

By Zoila Palma Gonzalez: A shooting in Nuevo Laredo on Wednesday left 1 Mexican soldier and 7 cartel members dead, Fox News reports.

Law enforcement officials say that the soldiers were shot at and 7 more are wounded.

Seven attackers believed to be members of a drug cartel were also killed.

Due to cartel violence in the area, the U.S. consulate issued advisories on November 28 saying that the “Consulate has received reports of multiple gunfights throughout the city of Nuevo Laredo following an arrest operation.”

Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador said that the shootings were in response to the arrest of a cartel leader.

The city has long been dominated by the Northeast Cartel, an offshoot of the old Zetas gang.

Drug cartels in Mexico react to arrest of their leaders by escalating violence to pressure authorities to release them.

 

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