Roadblocks, vehicles on fire and open street battles paralyzed the city of Reynosa, Tamaulipas today. Authorities say the violence was due to an operation to apprehend “El Gafe”, leader of the CDG cartel. Tamaulipas has long been a violent state in Mexico but today the city of Reynosa looked like a warzone.
Authorities say they have captured the leader of Cartel de Golfo after widespread violence erupted in Reynosa. Images of vehicles on fire blocking roads across the city were uploaded to social media. The local Reynosa government issued a red warning during the afternoon advising residents to stay indoors.
— Gobierno de Reynosa (@GobiernoReynosa) April 17, 2015
— Revolution News (@NewsRevo) April 17, 2015
The photos taken by people in Reynosa today during the fighting. pic.twitter.com/llFm0tQiFe
— ⒶGood Ass Vacation☭ (@MexicAnarchist) April 17, 2015
Mexican officials at the Pharr, Hidalgo and Anzalduas international bridges closed southbound traffic for about an hour, re-opening crossings before 5 p.m. Friday, according to Philip Barrera, a local U.S. Customs and Border Protection spokesman.
An early report in The Straits Times quotes a local official saying they are unsure if there were any casualties yet.
“We don’t know if there are victims because we can’t reach the locations (of shootings) for the moment,” the official said.
Some terrifying videos have been uploaded to YouTube showing just how violent this afternoon was for locals in Reynosa.
Borderland Beat reports: According to social media, the individual arrested was Sergio Velázquez, alias “El Gafe”, the current head of plaza in Reynosa and overall leader of the Los Metros faction of the Gulf Cartel. A native of the state of Veracruz, “El Gafe” was once a member of the military, though, despite his alias, he was not a member of GAFE.
— Carlos Loret de Mola (@CarlosLoret) April 17, 2015
Image of recently captured “El Gafe” leader of Cartel del Golfo