12 dead in Nuevo Laredo shootout
Twelve people, including two civilians and a soldier, died in Nuevo Laredo after three separate gunbattles broke out in broad daylight Friday between suspected drug traffickers and the Mexican army, Mexican federal officials said late Friday night.
Nearly two dozen people were injured in Friday’s shootouts, including numerous children who were riding in a bus shot up by the gunmen as they tried to escape, said a source close to the investigation.
No identities of the victims were released.
“The (Mexican) federal government offers its sincerest condolences to the families of the two civilians and the soldier who, sadly, died in the confrontations,” said a news release issued by the federal office in charge of domestic affairs.