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Apr 22, 2017 | 20:16 GMT

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Mexico: Gulf Cartel Leader Killed In Raging Border Battle

A nightlong battle in Reynosa, across the U.S. border from McAllen, Texas, between the Mexican military and drug gangs has left the leader of the Gulf Cartel in the city dead, the government said April 22, Reuters reported. Reynosa, in Tamaulipas state, has long been a hub for drug smuggling into the United States and is a point of contention between the Gulf Cartel and the Zetas gang. The military identified the dead Gulf leader as Juan Manuel Loza, known as "El Toro." He died in a fierce battle during which scores of cars and buildings were set ablaze. The use of the military to combat the drug trade will be an issue in the race for the 2018 Mexican presidential election.

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