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Violence breaks out in Mexico near U.S. border as two rival drug cartel leaders were killed in shootouts

By Mason White 5:45 PM April 25, 2017
Julian Loisa Salinas (left) and Francisco Carreon
Julian Loisa Salinas (left) and Francisco Carreon
By: William Martin

(Scroll down for video) People were stuck in their homes from many hours as public transportation came to a standstill after violence broke out in the streets of Mexico.

Two men were killed in two separate shootouts with Marines in Tamaulipas. The men were wanted as they were said to be the leaders of drug gangs.

Mexican police said that Julian Loisa Salinas, better known as “Comandante Toro,” was killed in Reynosa, a city across the border from McAllen, Texas.

When Marines arrived to arrest Salinas, his supporters set fires to buses, trucks and cars in an attempt to block roads so their leader can escape, officials said.

However, things did not go as they planned, and Salinas was shot and killed by authorities.

Authorities had unsuccessfully tried to capture Salinas a few times. Their efforts angered the gang, who retaliated with violence and gun battles. A few days ago, two U.S. citizens were reportedly wounded in one such gunfight.

A rival gang leader, Francisco Carreon, also known as “El Pancho Carreon,” was killed in a nearby town of Ciudad Victoria by Marines.