2019 Villa Unión shootout

On 30 November 2019, a shootout broke out in Villa Unión, Coahuila between a drug cartel, suspected to be the Cartel del Noreste, and police.[1] Cartel forces attacked with a convoy of armed pickup trucks around noon. Villa Unión's town hall, the intended recipient of the attack, was targeted because it is the headquarters of the town's police force, leaving it badly damaged.[2] Unverified videos showed smoke rising from the city.[3] Vehicles were stolen and several civilians were kidnapped by the cartel during their retreat.[4] In the following days, state forces pursued the cartels responsible for the attack, with 7 militants killed on 1 December.[5]

2019 Villa Unión shootout
Part of Mexican Drug War
Date30 November 2019
Location
Coordinates: 28°13′13″N 100°43′28″W / 28.22028°N 100.72444°W / 28.22028; -100.72444
Belligerents
Mexico Federal Police Shield.png Villa Unión Police Cartel del Noreste CDN logo.png El Cartel del Noreste
Casualties and losses
4 killed, 6 wounded 22 killed[citation needed] (after pursuit)
2 abducted and slain, 4 abducted and wounded

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "19 Dead In Mexican Cartel Shootout Near U.S. Border". Forbes. 1 December 2019. Archived from the original on 2 December 2019. Retrieved 2 December 2019.
  2. ^ "Mexico violence: Hunt for gunmen behind deadly shoot-out". BBC. 2 December 2019. Archived from the original on 3 December 2019. Retrieved 2 December 2019.
  3. ^ "At least 14 killed in bloody gunfight in northern Mexico". Al Jazeera. 1 December 2019. Archived from the original on 2 December 2019. Retrieved 2 December 2019.
  4. ^ "Death toll put at 20 for Mexico cartel attack near US border". Washington Post. 1 December 2019. Archived from the original on 2 December 2019. Retrieved 2 December 2019.
  5. ^ "21 killed in apparent cartel siege on Mexican town near Texas border". CBS. 2 December 2019. Archived from the original on 2 December 2019. Retrieved 2 December 2019.