Tuesday, September 14, 2010
Several gun battles reported in Matamoros; CBP temporarily closed bridges
September 14, 2010 8:17 AM
Matamoros is about 60 miles from us. It seems they just move up and down the border.
I was able to take what I needed to take to our side of the bridge to give to the pastor's family earlier.
God makes a way and we are believing God is going to move in this situation.
Greater is He that is in us than He who is in the world.
The Brownsville Herald
Mexican authorities have confirmed several shootouts through the streets of Matamoros, while US. authorities confirmed the temporary closing of two international bridges.
The shootouts took place late Monday night and early this morning for approximately two hours between the Mexican Military and various groups of armed gunmen from both the Gulf Cartel and the Zetas, said a Mexican law enforcement official who asked that his name not be released citing security reasons.
The shootouts were reported in various areas as the gunmen fought and moved spraying the streets with gunfire and multiple grenades. The areas where the shootouts took place include Fraccionamiento Rio, Colonia Del Carmen, Colonia Jardin, which is near the Gateway International Bridge, Calle Sexta, Lauro Villar, which is near the Los Tomates Bridge or Veterans Bridge.
As a result of an incident in Matamoros, Tamaulipas and at the request of the Mexican government, traffic was halted on both the Gateway and B&M international bridges for about 20 minutes as a precautionary measure, said U.S. Customs and Border Protection spokesman Eddie Perez.
“As always, CBP's top priority is the safety of the traveling public and our officers,” Perez said. “CBP is in constant communication with our partners in Mexico and we continue to monitor any and all situations.”
Hours earlier, on Monday afternoon, a grenade attack was reported at the offices of the Mexican Attorney General's Office-- PGR in Matamoros which lies along Calle Sexta, just a few blocks from the Gateway International Bridge, the source said. No shots were fired during the grenade attack.
According to the source, a vehicle drove by the office and threw a grenade at it causing some damage to some SUVs that were parked outside. The SUVs had been seized in another case and were being held as evidence.
The PGR office in Matamoros has become a regular target for members of organized crime. Last month at least four separate grenade attacks took place.
Reports of gunfire and explosions in Matamoros shortly preceded a request from the Mexican government to stop traffic into Mexico overnight.
U.S. Customs and Border Protection Spokesman Eddie Perez said it happened after midnight, and the sheriff’s department halted traffic at the Gateway and B&M international bridges for about 20 minutes.
Perez said CBP will continue monitoring this situation, maintaining its priority for its officers and the traveling public.
Irene Davis "I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me" Philippians 4:13