A significant US-Mexico border crossing has seen heavy shooting break out, and local accounts indicate numerous fatalities.
Around 3 p.m. local time, the incident started on the Pharr-Reynosa International Bridge.
According to the Mexican news outlet Adn40, “apparently the confrontation occurred between elements of the army and armed civilians; the preliminary balance is three alleged criminals killed.”
The city of Pharr in Texas, United States, and the city of Reynosa in the Mexican state of Tamaulipas are connected by a bridge that spans the Rio Grande.
Another video shows two individuals hiding by the side of a truck as shots ring out over the seemingly empty road.
Bullets bouncing off the Reynosa-Pharr customs building, a witness wrote beside a photo of a shredded bullet.
The renowned gangs that oversee the flow of illicit drugs into the US are fierce rivals for control of Mexico’s border regions.
Video shot from inside one of the bridge trucks reveals what looks to be Mexican army vehicles whizzing past motorists cowering in their cars.
Local reports suggest the clashes broke out after authorities allegedly arrested ‘La Pawa’, the regional leader of the criminal group Los Zetas.
FUE LA SDR EN PHAR – NOPALERA
Las balas rebotando en las instalaciones de la aduana Reynosa-Pharr pic.twitter.com/eLvSbaRZ4r
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