A car chase and shootout between gang members and law enforcement near Mexico’s northern border killed three members of the powerful Gulf cartel as well as a passerby, officials said on Saturday.
The incident began on Friday evening in the border town of Matamoros, when military and police attempted to stop several suspicious vehicles, officials from northern Tamaulipas state said in a statement. Gang members shot at security forces, set up 15 roadblocks across the city and set several cars on fire. Some also left on foot to the city center of Matamoros.
This was the second major incident in Matamoros in less than a week. Social media videos last Sunday showed a line of cars speeding through the city, accompanied by rapid gunfire and flying bullets. From 2019 to March this year, Matamoros housed a large migrant camp https://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-immigration-mexico-feature-idUSKBN2AZ0GB who were ordered to stay in Mexico pending for asylum claims to be processed in the United States under a Trump-era policy called Migrant Protection Protocols (MPPs).
The program has been heavily criticized by migrant advocates for sending asylum seekers to crime-ridden border towns, such as Matamoros, for long waits. US President Joe Biden has tried to end the policy, but his administration is now taking action to comply with a court ruling to keep the policy in place https://www.reuters.com/world / us / us-prepares-resume -trump-remain-mexico-asylum-policy-November-2021-10-15 from mid-November.
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