Mexico: Gunmen attacked a town hall in northern Mexico, revealed by authorities on Sunday. It is triggering a segment of clashes with security forces that left 21 dead, most of them suspected representative of an organized group of criminals.
The attack began at around noon on Saturday, when men in at least 14 trucks brandishing assault rifles glided into the town of Villa Union, around 40 miles southwest of Eagle Pass in Texas. According to authorities, they were assumed to be representatives of the Cartel of the Northeast, Zetas once-powerful an offshoot.
The gunmen released a furious battle at the town hall, leaving the facade sprinkled with bullet trench. Mexican police and soldiers fought against the attackers and then pursued them as they fled, revealed by the Coahuila state officials.
The security forces, companied by army helicopters, tracked the gunmen down in an operation that stretched into Sunday morning. The dead included four state police officers and 17 alleged cartel members.
The clash came days after President Trump said he planned to designate Mexican cartels as foreign terrorist organizations — prompting fierce opposition from Mexican authorities. Mexico fears such a designation could hurt investment and tourism and open the possibility of unilateral U.S. action in its southern neighbor.