One killed, 2 hurt in Mexican army helicopter crash near Texas

By ILDEFONSO ORTIZ | The (McAllen, Texas) Monitor | Published: February 1, 2014

A Mexican military helicopter crashed in Reynosa while attempting to take off Friday, killing one soldier and injuring two others who were inside, officials said.

The crash happened Friday afternoon at the 8th military zone army base in Reynosa, a Mexican city just across the border from the southern tip of Texas, the national defense secretariat said in a statement. Mexican soldiers in the helicopter were rushed to a Reynosa hospital, where their condition was unknown.

Defense officials did not name the person killed in the crash. One ranking officer and soldier suffered injuries.

Elsewhere, soldiers on Friday battled with suspected drug cartel gunmen during firefights in Reynosa and Camargo, according to a news release from the Tamaulipas state government.

The first firefight took place in the Ampliacion Rodriguez neighborhood in Reynosa when a military convoy came under fire by a group of gunmen in a house. After a brief firefight, authorities detained three gunmen and seized four rifles, tactical equipment and a vehicle, Tamaulipas authorities said in the release.

The second firefight took place in the Santa Gertrudis neighborhood in Camargo when once again a military convoy came under fire from a convoy of gunmen. After a firefight, the Mexican military chased off the gunmen seizing six rifles, 1,300 ammunition rounds and an armored truck. Camargo is just south of Rio GrandeCity.

On Tuesday afternoon, four gunmen died following a firefight with Mexican soldiers just outside of Ciudad Mier, a Tamaulipas government news release states. Ciudad Mier is just south of Falcon Dam. After the firefight authorities seized six rifles, 2,400 rounds of ammunition and tactical equipment.

On Wednesday, the Mexican military seized more than 9,400 pounds of marijuana in Camargo’s Cuauhtémoc neighborhood following an anonymous tip.


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