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Hundreds fear reprisal after death of Mexican drug lord

NUEVO LAREDO, Mexico — Several hundred people have fled a Mexican town on the U.S. border fearing fresh violence after the killing of a top drug lord in the region last week, local authorities said yesterday.

Around one hundred families from Ciudad Mier camped down in an improvised hostel in the nearby town of Miguel Aleman, between the border cities of Nuevo Laredo and Reynosa, in the northeastern state of Tamaulipas, across from Texas.

“We know there are more who have paid to rent houses,” the town’s mayor, Servando Lopez, told local journalists, adding that the families had started arriving last weekend.

The exodus was provoked by threatening messages from the Zetas drug gang, according to media reports, following the death of a leader of the rival Gulf gang, Ezequiel Cardenas, or “Tony Tormenta,” in a shootout with the military last week in the border city of Matamoros.

The Gulf gang has been fighting brutal turf battles with its former allies the Zetas in the region this year.

La Jornada daily reported that soldiers had evacuated some 350 inhabitants of Ciudad Mier and the neighboring town of Camargo, citing military and legal sources.


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