A car chase and gunfight between gang members and law enforcement near Mexico’s northern border killed three members of the powerful Gulf Cartel as well as a bystander, officials said on Saturday.
The incident began in the border town of Matamoros on Friday evening, when army and police officers attempted to stop several suspicious vehicles, officials in the northern state of Tamaulipas said in a statement.
Gang members opened fire on security forces, put up 15 blockades across the city and set several cars on fire. Some even flew into downtown Matamoros on foot.
This was the second major incident in Matamoros in less than a week. Last Sunday, videos on social media showed a line of cars carrying speeding bullets and flying bullets in the city.
From 2019 until March this year, Matamoros has been home to a vast camp of migrants who were ordered to stay in Mexico while awaiting asylum claims in the United States under the Trump-era policy of the Migrant Protection Protocol (MIPA). MPP). )
The program has been heavily criticized by migrant advocates for sending asylum seekers to crime-ridden border towns such as Matamoros for long waits.
US President Joe Biden has attempted to end the policy, but his administration is taking steps for now to comply with a court decision to keep the policy in place until mid-November.
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