Oklahoma Sen. Tom Coburn demands answers after recent attacks on US Border Patrol agents

Mexican Nationals armed and dressed in military uniforms caught crossing into the United States and then confronting U.S. Border Patrol agents is becoming an issue that's concerning officials.

The most recent incident happened in Arizona has a senator with the Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs committee concerned.

ABC15 obtained a copy of the incident report and letter sent to the head of Customs and Border Protection. The letter sent by Oklahoma Senator and head of the committee Tom Coburn demands answers to eight questions.

Read the U.S. Customs and Border Protection incident report on abc15.com .

Read Tom Coburn's letter on abc15.com.

The incident sparking concerned happened in January near the Sasape Port of Entry, just west of Nogales.

Around 9 a.m. Border Patrol agents spotted two men in Mexican military uniforms about 50 yards north of the international line, on the U.S. side of the border. When agents approached, the two men drew their weapons.

The incident report states that the men claimed to be with the Mexican Military’s 80th Battalion, but the names they gave did not match the names on their uniforms.

When agents called for backup, the two Mexican nationals fled across the border.

Published reports say this incidents like these are not uncommon. In fact, its happened 23 times in Arizona.

Sources within the border patrol say some Mexican military personnel are providing security for the cartel.

In some cases, cartel members could even be posing as Mexican military. It’s a dangerous situation that agents face in remote areas.

CBP was given a month to respond to Coburn’s questions.

ABC15 has put in requests for more information regarding all cases between U.S. agents and foreign military members along Arizona's border.

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