Posted: Apr 30, 2014 8:21 PM
Updated: Apr 30, 2014 8:27 PM
REYNOSA - The Reynosa mayor suspended classes on Wednesday as gun battles continued throughout the city. Still, he said a parade will go on as planned on Thursday to celebrate labor day.
Sixteen people died Tuesday in the firefights. Ten gunmen, two federal agents and two bystanders were killed in a three-hour battle. A small child was wounded at a school. Two more gunmen were killed when the sun went down.
People with cell phone cameras captured the chaos.
"There are a lot of challenges to brining security to the state," said Tristan Reed with Stratfor.
The global intelligence firm based in Austin said the cartels are disorganized.
"You have to look at each faction (of the Gulf cartel), whether if it is in Tampico, Matamoros or Reynosa as independent crime groups. Even in those groups you have groups," Reed said.
Security forces say the area is not as bad as others, like Michoacan. The Reynosa mayor said it takes local, state and federal forces along with the military, to fight crime.
State officials confirmed the deaths, but would not give any more details.