Criminal activity in the area has long been dominated by the Gulf Cartel, and there has been a split within the group. As a result, a wave of violence swept through the Mexican town of Reynosa on the U.S. border, gunmen in cars killed 18 people, including cab drivers, workers and a nurse.
While this town on the border with McAllen, Texas, was cartel territory and a key trafficking point, Tamaulipas Governor Francisco García Cabeza de Vaca called the dead innocent citizens they were not members of opposing gangs.
According to the state agency Tamaulipas, which coordinates security forces, the attacks occurred in several neighborhoods in eastern Reynosa, prompting the deployment of military, national guard and state police throughout the city.
Experts say there has been an internal struggle within the cartel for control of key areas for drug and human trafficking since 2017. Apparently, one cell from a neighboring city may have infiltrated Reynosa to carry out the attacks.