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Mexican government doubt Zetas Leader Heriberto Lazcano died yesterday in Matamoros.

Heriberto Lazcano Lazcano leader of military gang Zetas did not die yesterday in Matamoros

Yesterday, firefights between Zetas against members of the Gulf Cartel broke out shortly after 5 a.m. Friday across the city of Matamoros.   The leader of Zetas arrived in Matamoros amid a convoy of more than 130 SUVs loaded with his Zeta followers.

Sources outside law enforcement said that Heriberto “El Lazca” Lazcano Lazcano, the leader of the Zetas, died Friday in Matamoros after the fight with the Gulf Cartel.

But Mexico’s defense secretariat issued a statement late Friday night disputing reports that Lazcano was killed.

Neither Mexican nor U.S. authorities had confirmed Lazcano’s death late Friday evening.

The Mexican National Security Secretary Alejandro Poire sent a message on Twitter around 8:00 Friday night saying Heriberto Lazcano was not among the dead in Matamoros.

Lazcano is a high value target for both the U.S. And Mexico. The U.S. Has a $5,000,000 reward for him.

A local newspaper and television station started reporting his death on Friday afternoon. That set off a flurry of activity on Twitter from people across the U.S. And Mexico.

According to El Nuevo Heraldo, Heriberto “El Lazca” Lazcano Lazcano was killed at approximately 2 p.m. local time June 17 in Matamoros, Tamaulipas state, on Avenida del Nino at the intersection with Lauro Villar. It was reported that the top leader of Los Zetas was killed during a running gunbattle involving Gulf cartel forces.

A separate report by El Universal citing Mexican military sources indicated that three were killed and nine were injured in a firefight involving Mexican soldiers and marines against members of Los Zetas and the Gulf cartel near the Tomates international bridge in Matamoros. Mexican military sources denied that Lazcano Lazcano was killed.