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Chaos South of The Border: Mexican military conduct search for three soldier taken prisoner after cartel members down military helicopter

May 4, 2015  |  Posted by: JammedUp Staff
Chaos South of The Border: Mexican military conduct search for three soldier taken prisoner after cartel members down military helicopter

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The Mexican military is conducting a search for three soldiers after cartel gunmen forced down a military chopper on Friday.

The large land and air search continued in their search for the three unaccounted soldiers after gunmen forced the military helicopter to make an emergency landing near the city of Villa Purificación adjacent to the Casimiro Castillo-Villa Purificación Highway.

Government officials have released few details but did acknowledge the Cougar Reconnaissance Helicopter trailed a convoy of vehicles belonging to the Jalisco New Generation Cartel (CJNG) before downing the craft.

Witnesses say the 12 vehicle convoy filled with armed men exited the vehicles and began firing at the helicopter. The gunmen allegedly targeted the tail of the aircraft disabling the rear rotor.

“You could hear a “loud explosion, and hear the automatic weapons firing,” said a young woman who chose to remain anonymous out of for fear of her safety.

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Although authorities refused to speculate, whether the soldiers were taken captive. Local media are reporting the soldiers had in fact been captured by the CJNG.

In addition, local media outlets are reporting three soldiers killed at the crash scene with another twelve injured, including two state police officers.

Sources say officials believe the cartel abducted the troops in an effort to gain intelligence about future raids against the cartel.

The military conducted a massive operation in the Jalisco State in an attempt to apprehend the leaders of the cartel specifically Nemesio Oseguera Cervantes aka “El Mencho.”

The failed operation sparked violent clashes throughout the state and spread to Puerta Vallarta and Guadalajara. Cartel operatives highjacked passenger buses, setting fire to them creating up to 30 roadblocks, setting dozens of buildings, gas stations, and vehicles ablaze throughout the southern region.

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