Car bomb explosion followed by shootout in Nuevo Laredo

Armed men and soldiers are involved in a heavy firefight following reports of a car bomb exploding outside a state police building in Nuevo Laredo.

It all happened outside the Tamaulipas State Police building off Manuel Avila Camacho Avenue and the highway to Anahuac, Nuevo Leon around 8 a.m. Tuesday.

The first reports came into the #LaredoFollow hashtag on Twitter but Mexico's El Norte newspaper reported that a man and a juvenile were injured by the explosion.

The newspaper also reported that heavy firefight erupted between Mexican soldiers and armed men following the explosion.

Nobody has claimed responsibility for the attack but Nuevo Laredo remains embroiled in a conflict between two rivals: the Zetas and the Sinaloa Cartel.

The Zetas held control of the city for years but the Sinaloa Cartel belonging to Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman recently moved into the city.

According to photos sent to Blog del Narco, Guzman claimed responsibility for the recent murders and dismembering of 14 alleged members of the Zetas.

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