Five high school students ages 13-15 died after being run over by two gunmen in an SUV who were fleeing a military convoy, authorities in the northeastern Mexican state of Tamaulipas said.

Two other people struck by the SUV, an adult woman and a 5-year-old girl, were listed in stable condition at an area hospital, the state Attorney General's Office said in a statement.

The incident occurred Wednesday in Reynosa, a city just across the border from McAllen, Texas.

The armed men were fleeing the soldiers at high speed when the driver of the SUV lost control of the vehicle in front of a school where students were waiting for a bus.

After running over five students, the SUV smashed into two cars parked outside the school, causing injuries to a woman and child who were inside one of those vehicles.

The gunmen managed to get away, the state AG's office said.

The Tamaulipas state government offered condolences to the victims' families and promised a relentless effort to apprehend the gunmen. EFE