BROWNSVILLE — Northern Mexico's surge of gangland bloodshed continued Friday in Matamoros, with shootouts reportedly leaving streets strewn with dozens of corpses and rumors flying that Mexican forces might have taken down “Tony Tormenta,” a reputed Gulf Cartel capo who is the brother of the imprisoned boss Osiel Cárdenas.
Reports in the Brownsville Herald, La Reforma, and El Norte used unnamed law enforcement sources and witnesses to describe three battles starting about 1 p.m. The Blog del Terror, one of the numerous blogs serving as anonymous forums on the drug violence, reported sniper fire from military helicopters.
As of late Friday, the Mexican government had not confirmed the reports.
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