shoot­ings near border

Austin American-Statesman - - WORLD & NATION -

Vi­o­lence blamed on drug car­tels con­tin­ued as the Mex­i­can army re­ported that seven gun­men and one sol­dier have died this week in gun­bat­tles in two cities bor­der­ing Texas.

Ac­cord­ing to army state­ments, the first shootout killed a sol­dier in Reynosa on Sun­day. Four gun­men died Tues­day in the same city, and an­other three were killed in Nuevo Laredo.

The army also said Wed­nes­day that it’s in­ves­ti­gat­ing an al­ter­ca­tion be­tween sol­diers and jour­nal­ists cov­er­ing Tues­day’s Nuevo Laredo shootout. A video posted on­line shows sol­diers push­ing two re­porters. The army said it was try­ing to re­move the jour­nal­ists for their own safety.

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