Mexican Army releases statement about journalist's death

Carlos Alberto Guajardo-Romero

The Mexican Army has broken the silence on a gun battle that left a Matamoros journalist and at least one soldier dead.

Matamoros endured a series of gun battles that terrorized residents all day Friday.

Mexico's Ministry of National Defense (SEDENA) reported it all started at 11 a.m. Friday when an Army patrol came across a convoy of eight vehicles.

The incident took place in the Fraccionamiento Victoria in the southern area of the city.

SEDENA officials reported that the men in the convoy opened fire on soldiers resulting in a gun battle that left one soldier dead and two wounded.

The wounded soldiers were taken to local hospitals for treatment.

When the smoke cleared, authorities discovered El Expreso reporter Carlos Alberto Guajardo-Romero had been killed in the crossfire.

SEDENA officials reported that Army officials and Tamaulipas State Police conducted a joint investigation but it's not clear if Guajardo-Romero was killed by bullets from soldiers or the gunmen.

released the following statement about Guajardo's death:

"Generals, chiefs, army officers and air force personnel, together express their condolences of our supreme citizen commander Felipe Calderon Hinojosa, President of the Republic, towards the families of our fellow soldier and the journalist Carlos Guajardo-Romero, who both lost their lives in the line of duty."

The gun battle where Guajardo-Romero's was killed was followed by more violence and a series of other gun battles that rocked Matamoros.

SEDENA officials reported that soldiers helped Mexican Navy Marines in several gun battles thoughout the city.

By the end time night fell, the Gulf Cartel's top leader Antonio Ezequiel Cardenas-Guillen and three of his gunmen had been killed in the violence.

Two marines were killed in the battle with Cardenas-Guillen and his men.

There are no official figures as to the number of civilians killed or wounded in the violence.

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