Gunfights and roadblocks rock Mexican city on US border

April 18, 2015 04:46

One of Mexico's biggest cities along the US border was hit by gunfights and burning vehicles blocking roads on Friday after security forces arrested a leader of one of the main drug gangs in the area.

Parts of Reynosa, a city across the Rio Grande from McAllen, Texas, ground to a halt on Friday afternoon after vehicles were set ablaze and shooting began, authorities said.

Earlier in the day, federal police and marines captured "El Gafe," a leader of the Gulf Cartel, said a spokesman for police in Reynosa, a city of more than 600,000 people. El Gafe was subsequently taken to Mexico City, he added.

Two bystanders had apparently been killed in the fighting, but this was not yet confirmed, the spokesman said.

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