Two gunmen killed in Ciudad Mier shootout

Mexican authorities are confirming that two gunmen were killed during a Tuesday morning shootout with soldiers in Ciudad Mier, Tamaulipas.

Mexico's Ministry of National Defense (SEDENA) reported that the incident took place around 11:30 a.m. Tuesday.

SEDENA officials reported that soldiers were patrolling between Nueva Ciudad Guerrero and Ciudad Mier when they came under fire.

The gunbattle ended with two gunmen being killed.

Soldiers sezied 15 assault rifles, ammunition, three vehicles and military uniforms at the scene.

The names of the gunmen were not released but the case remains under investigation.

Residents of Ciudad Mier had to flee the town back in November following a series of intense gun battles between rival drug cartels.

Mexico's federal government responded by sending more troops to the area.