5 gunmen, 1 soldier killed in Mexican border state

MEXICO CITY (AP) — Five gunmen and one soldier were killed in gunbattles Friday in Reynosa, a city across the border from McAllen, Texas, authorities said.

Tamaulipas' government said in a statement that a citizen's complaint led soldiers to a house where gunmen attacked them, killing one soldier. A gunman was also killed in that shootout.

Members of a criminal group then blocked several major streets in Reynosa with trailer trucks, buses and cars.

State and federal police officers were clearing the blockades when gunmen attacked soldiers on patrol on the city's outskirts. Troops went in pursuit of the attackers and killed four of them, officials said.

Tamaulipas has been the scene of bloody turf battles between the Gulf Cartel and the Zetas drug gang. Once one of Mexico's most violent states, it had calmed somewhat by 2012, before violence re-ignited in recent weeks.