At least 21 people — twenty suspected cartel gunmen and four police officers — were killed during an hour-long shootout Saturday in a town in northern Mexico near the U.S. border. "Several" municipal workers are also missing.
The bloodshed took place in Villa Union, a town in Coahuila state about an hour's drive southwest of Eagle Pass, Texas. A cartel, believed to be the Cartel of the Northeast, stormed the town of 3,000 residents in a convoy of trucks and began attacking local government offices, prompting authorities to respond.
Images and videos posted to social media show burned out vehicles, decimated government offices, and terrified residents listening to the sound of automatic gunfire in the distance.
? The shootout near the U.S. border comes at a time of escalating bloodshed in the already extremely violent nation, on the heels of President Trump beginning the process of declaring Mexican cartels terrorist organizations and offering to send U.S. troops to "wage WAR on the drug cartels and wipe them off the face of the earth."