2 dead, 7 injured in gas explosion in Mexican border city of Reynosa

Mexican authorities say two people died and seven were injured in a gas explosion at a shopping center in the border city of Reynosa.

Tamaulipas state's government says in a statement that the explosion caused a portion of the Valle del Vergel shopping center to collapse.

Authorities said an accumulation of gas caused Thursday's explosion. Rescuers continued searching for trapped shoppers and workers.

Reynosa, an industrial city across the border from McAllen, Texas, has been the scene of gunbattles between drug cartel members and federal forces in recent months.