AT least 21 people have died including four cops after a drug cartel gang gunned a Mexican town leaving it riddled with bullet holes.
The shootout lasted for an hour in the small town of Villa Union, not far from the Texas border, on Saturday just after midday.
The City Hall of Villa Union is riddle with bullet holes after a gun battle between Mexican security forces and suspected cartel gunmen[/caption]
The City Hall of Villa Union has been destroyed and six workers remain missing[/caption]
One of around 14 pick up trucks left behind, which belong to the Cartel of the Northeast gang[/caption]
Heavy gunfire began ringing throughout the town after a convoy of armed pickup trucks arrived.
The black trucks were branded with the initials, CDN, Cartel of the Northeast.
The barrage of bullets showed no signs of slowing down as horrifying video and pictures emerged on social media showed locals telling their loved ones to stay indoors over the sound of gunfire.
Other videos showed plumes of smoke rising from the town.
The group sprayed the offices of the mayor of Villa Union with bullets and fought police for more than an hour.
Migeul Angel Riquelme, the governor of Coahuila, said that four police officers were killed in the initial confrontation.
But several city workers are still missing and six other officers have been left injured.
Most of the cartel were killed after they fled the town after being chased by police in a high-speed pursuit.
Around 14 vehicles were said to be involved and more than a dozen guns have been seized.
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The shootout comes days after President Donald Trump vowed to designate the gangs as terrorists.
President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador said on Friday he would not accept any foreign intervention in how to deal with violent criminal gangs after Trump’s comments.
The northern state of Coahuila has a history of gang violence, although its death total has dropped in the last seven years ago.
President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador, who took office a year ago, had pledged to get a grip on chronic gang violence.
A damaged pick up is on the streets after a gun battle between Mexican security forces and cartel members[/caption]