Dramatic moment Mexican military shoot at fleeing cartel hit squad from top of armored truck in deadly high speed chase
- The Mexican Army’s 16th Motorized Cavalry were met with fire in Nuevo Laredo, Mexico and killed 12 members of a hit squad linked to the Northeast Cartel
- The incident took place approximately at 3am while the soldiers were patrolling the Fresnos neighborhood and were attacked by the Tropa del Infierno gang
- The military said none of its soldiers were killed or wounded in the gun battle
This is the moment the Mexican military opened fire on a cartel hit squad who had been sent to kill them, from atop an armored truck during a high speed chase.
The incident took place last Friday morning when a convoy of the 16th Motorized Cavalry was attacked in Nuevo Laredo, Tamaulipas, by the notorious Tropa del Infierno (Gang from Hell) – a hit squad tied to the Cártel del Noreste (Northeast Cartel).
At least 16 gang member were killed in the conflict, while the military said none of their members were hurt.
The Army said it was monitoring the neighborhood of Fresnos, a 10-mile drive from the Juárez–Lincoln International Bridge, which connects the United States and Mexico over the Rio Grande, when the troops were met with fire from gang members using military weapons.
A camera mounted on a Mexican military vehicle recorded the moment Army soldiers responded with fire during the pursuit of gang members tied to the Northeast Cartel in the northern state of Tamaulipas last Friday. The military said 16 members of Tropa del Infierno, an enforcer unit of the cartel, were killed during the war-like battle
The troops responded with an assault of their own during the high-speed pursuit of the gang’s pickup truck as other vehicles transited through the road.
An assault rifle placed in between two metal protective panels unleashes a hail of bullets. At one point, Tropa del Infierno members made a u-turn in the highway before the soldier repositioned his weapon and struck the side of the fleeing gang members vehicle.
A photo that was filtered on social media showed several dead Tropa del Infierno members lying on the floor of an unknown location and wearing military uniforms.
Additional images leaked on social media showed the bodies of the first 12 cartel members who died. A few of them were found lying on the back of a pickup truck.
Several other Tropa del Infierno henchmen were photographed lying on the side of the road.
The Mexican military killed 16 members of the Tropa del Infierno, a gang tied to the Northeast Cartel, Friday in the northeastern state of Tamaulipas. The incident occurred in a neighborhood in Nuevo León, a city located 10 miles from the border with Texas
Army officials did not report any casualties or injuries on their part following the war-like battle. At least three military vehicles were damaged in the attack.
Soldiers recovered 12 assault rifles, including two Barrett .50 caliber sniper rifles and eight AR-15 rifles.
The Cártel del Noreste was founded in 2014 as a sub-division under the then-powerful Los Zetas criminal organization and is led by Juan Gerardo ‘El Huevo’ Treviño Chavez.
The criminal organization has a presence in the northeast states of Coahuila, Tamaulipas, Nuevo León and the north-central states of San Luis Potosí and Zacatecas.
The Tamaulipa’s prosecutor’s offices is offering a $100,000 reward for information leading to his arrest.
Pictured: members of the Tropa del Infierno, who died after they launched a war-like assault with military weapons against a convoy of the Mexican Army on Friday in Tamaulipas, Mexico. The Army did not report any casualties or injuries following a battle that left 16 cartel members dead
The Mexican Army confiscated 12 military rifles, including eight AR-15’s
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