April 12th, 2010
06:58 PM ET

Weekend shootouts in Mexico kill at least 9

At least nine people died in shootouts over the weekend in northeastern Mexico, an area where two drug cartels have been waging a bloody war since January.

Eight people were killed early Sunday in the municipality of Miguel Aleman in Tamaulipas state, the state government said on its Web site. Five died inside a bar and three others were killed in a motor vehicle, the government said.

One gang-related death was recorded in the municipality Saturday during a firefight between soldiers and a group of armed men, the government's information center said.

The area, which borders Texas, has seen ferocious fighting between the Zetas and Gulf cartels after a recent gangland slaying. Hours-long gun battles are common, and U.S. officials were recently forced to temporarily close the consulate in Reynosa, another city in Tamaulipas state.

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  1. juan

    The violence is over drug smugling routes to the US. The violence will spread if nothing is done now.

    April 12, 2010 at 9:59 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Jay

    this is a serious problem that i have witnessed first hand at the border. it amazes me how the government, both U.S. and Mexico, are not getting together to squash this. the reality, drugs are big business and we would have to be fools to think that both governments are not involved in some way. The money is tempting i guess. sad days

    June 21, 2010 at 1:23 pm | Report abuse |

    Of course both govts are involved! There is more money coming in from the drug business than any other in this country! Even more than the oil business!!!! If the govt really wanted to help the american people they would but our elected officials are in it for themselves! This govt is no longer by the people for the people!!! The only way to slow it down is secure the border by creating a militirized zone similiar to the one between N.Korea and S. Korea. The silly laws that have been proposed by the states will not work. there need to be an overwhelming presence along americas borders and ports of entry! It wont be long before the drug wars spread to the united states and then it will be too late!

    August 3, 2010 at 3:44 pm | Report abuse |