US defense officials told a major news outlet that two soldiers from the US conducting surveillance in southern parts of the border were questioned by troops from Mexico.
The Mexican troops pointed weapons at the two soldiers, and they were reportedly armed with what seemed to be assault rifles. In an attempt to neutralize a situation that would have escalated rapidly, the US troops allowed their weapons to be taken.
“On April 13, 2019, at approximately 2 pm CDT, 5-6 Mexican military personnel from Mexican military questioned two soldiers from the US doing border operation in an unmarked vehicle near the southwest border in the vicinity of Clint,” the command in charge of the North said in a statement adding that the US troops were in the US territory during the incident.
The incident occurred in a dry and brush-filled riverbed which makes it hard to appropriately determine what side of the border they were on. However, one of the members of the US military understood some Spanish, and therefore the two sides spoke over the matter promising to avoid such conflicts in the future. A brief conversation took place between soldiers from both nations, and the Mexican military later departed from the place.
There are around three thousand troops in the southern border supporting the Department of Homeland Security, in addition to two thousand National Guard Security under the order of President Trump. The Department of Homeland Security has requested more troops to be send to the region.