Two federal cops were among 14 people killed in two separate clashes between Mexican security forces and armed assailants in the northern border city of Reynosa, authorities in Tamaulipas state said.
Ten gunmen and two innocent bystanders also died, according to the Tamaulipas Coordination Group, a federal-state joint task force.
Reynosa, just across the border from McAllen, Texas, has become one of Mexico’s most dangerous cities thanks to the activity of drug cartels and other criminal organizations.
The first confrontation began shortly before 12:00 p.m. Tuesday, when unknown assailants fired shots at two Federal Police on patrol in the Beaty neighborhood, the Tamaulipas Coordination Group said in a bulletin.
One of the officers was pronounced dead at the scene and the other died later at a Reynosa hospital
Army soldiers sent to Beaty to assist the cops came under attack from four armed men traveling in an armored SUV. The troops returned fire, killing all four assailants.
Shots fired by the attackers were responsible for the deaths of two bystanders, identified as a woman of 22 and a 24-year-old man, the bulletin said.
Later Tuesday, soldiers patrolling the Aquiles Serdan neighborhood came under fire from six gunmen aboard another armored SUV.
All the attackers died in the ensuing shootout, the coordination group said, adding that troops seized the two SUVs along with 10 rifles and quantities of ammunition.