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Mayor of Mexican city of Ciudad Victoria warns residents to stay indoors amid raging cartel turf war

February 23, 2016  |  Posted by: JammedUp Staff
Mayor of Mexican city of Ciudad Victoria warns residents to stay indoors amid raging cartel turf war

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The interim mayor in the northern Mexican city of Ciudad Victoria, Tamaulipas has warned residents not to venture out at night as a battle rages over drug smuggling corridors into the U.S. between two rival factions of the ruthless Los Zetas Cartel.

Mayor Fernando Mendez Cantu asked the public over the weekend to stay home after 11 p.m. because of an ongoing cartel turf war between the Los Zetas, and a new splinter faction known as Grupo Bravo.

“We all have the common sense to protect ourselves, to not partake in activities outside of regular hours, and not to not expose ourselves,” Mendez Cantu said.

The interim mayor of Ciudad Victoria warned residents to stay indoors after a rash of executions over a three-day period

The interim mayor of Ciudad Victoria warned residents to stay indoors after a rash of executions over a three-day period

Grupo Bravo has increased violent attacks on the Zetas-linked businesses, including the targeting of beer and liquor stores as well as nightclubs, some of the violence was caught on video.

The interim mayor issued his warning after groups of gunmen carried out a series of executions, which began Thursday with the shooting death of a taxi driver near the city’s Las Palmas neighborhood, followed by the murders of two men in a junkyard located at the intersection of 8 Zeros and Bravo streets.

Authorities said the violence continued Friday when a woman, who was reported to be an innocent bystander, was shot in the head after teams of sicarios or hitmen gunmen opened fire on multiple restaurants and bars.

City officials said the woman remains in critical condition. Police said cartel operatives executed another man on Saturday at a beer store near the intersection of 17th and Veracruz street.

The ongoing turf war stems from a violent split within the Zetas criminal organization

The splinter faction Grupo Bravo made up of former Zetas members known as the “Old Guard,” who seek to take over the territory and oust Los Zetas, which has resulted in numerous executions, beheadings and violent attacks in the city of Ciudad Victoria.

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