At least 21 people were killed, including four police officers, during a gun battle between suspected Mexican cartel members and security forces near the U.S–Mexico border, it was reported.
The shootout occurred at around 12 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 30, in Villa Union in Coahuila state, located about one hour from the Texas border.
“These groups wont be allowed to enter state territory,” the government of Coahuila said in a statement, Fox News reported. The death toll was revised up from 14 to 21, according to several news reports on Sunday morning.
Standing outside the Villa Union mayors bullet-ridden offices, Coahuila Governor Miguel Angel Riquelme told Reuters that the fighting went on for an hour.
“I dont think that Mexico needs intervention. I think Mexico needs collaboration and cooperation,” said Riquelme.
“Were convinced that the state has the power to overcome the criminals,” he said, referring to President Donald Trumps recent statement that he would designate Mexican drug cartels as terrorist organizations.
Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador meanwhile has said he wouldnt accept any foreign intervention in Mexico to deal with the violent drug cartels.
There has been criticism over how Lopez Obrador has handled a recent wave of violence in the country, including a cartel shooting that claimed the lives of nine women and children of U.S.–Mexican origin from Mormon communities in early November, and the Mexican armed forces release of the captured son of former Sinaloa cartel boss Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman.
U.S. Attorney General William Barr is slated to visit Mexico this week to speak about cooperation over security, Reuters reported.
In an interview on Nov. 26, Trump told former Fox News host Bill OReilly: “I dont want to say what Im going to do, but they will be designated.”
He said the United States has offered Mexico “to let us go in and clean it out and [the President of Mexico] so far has rejected the offer. But at some point, something has to be done.”
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