Four police officers were killed along with at least 21 others after security forces engaged in an hour-long gunbattle with suspected cartel members Saturday in a Mexican town near the U.S. border. The shooting comes just days after President Trump said he was working to designate Mexican drug cartels as terror organizations.
The shootout happened in the town of Villa Union, about an hour’s drive southwest of Eagle Pass, Texas. Coahuila state Gov. Miguel Angel Riquelme said that four police officers were killed in the initial confrontation and that several municipal workers were missing.
On Sunday, the Coahuila state government said that security forces killed seven additional members of the gang, bringing the death toll to at least 21.
The group of suspected cartel members stormed the town in a group of trucks, attacking local government offices and forcing state and federal forces to get involved.
Ten alleged members of the Cartel of the Northeast were first killed. The governor said that security forces will remain in the town for several days to restore a sense of calm.