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Los Zetas gunmen attempt to ambush police unit known as the Zeta-hunters

February 25, 2016  |  Posted by: JammedUp Staff
Los Zetas gunmen attempt to ambush police unit known as the Zeta-hunters

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Authorities in the Mexican border city of Piedras Niegras discovered the tortured remains of a male victim in a rural area on Tuesday.

According to Breitbart Texas, officers responded to a call about a body found at the 18th-kilometer marker on Highway 57, which sits on the border of Piedras Negras and city of Nava.

The victim is identified as Omar Alejandro Estrada Resendiz from the town of Acuna. Investigators are still searching for a motive in the brutal execution. The according to state police officials, the victim’s hands were bound and red rag was taped over his face, likely before he was killed.

The gruesome discovery comes on the heels of multiple gunbattles between state police forces and the Los Zetas, which included a multiple high-speed pursuits that began last week.

The violence was sparked after the organized crime group attempted to  ambush a unit of  the GATE police force, nickedname the Zetas-Hunter, which is an elite unit made up of former members of the military who specialize in combating organized crime in the region specifically the Zetas.

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According to Breitbart Texas, police officers with the GATE unit were forced flee from their vehicles after getting ambushed by a group of armed men.

The officers had to seek safety in the brush as they waited for back up from nearby units. Chaos soon erupted after the ambush in Piedras Negras, which sits just across Eagle Pass Texas.

Traffic came to a stop in the city after Zetas gunmen layed out road spikes throughout many of the city streets.

At one time Los Zetas held complete rule over the state of Coahuila with the help of corrupt government officials  including a one-time governor of the state.

The  Zetas criminal organization acted with such impunity, that they managed to murder hundreds of villagers and used a network of ovens including from within the Piedras Negras prison to cremate and dispose of the bodies.

The creation of GATE, which stands for Grupo de Armas y Tacticas Especiales, in 2009, has attributed to a decrease in the crime rate throughout the state. The specialized unit have managed to curtail the influence of Los Zetas and Gulf cartels, who have been engaged in violent turf wars for control over the territory.

However, although the influence of the cartels have diminshed,  the gunbattles and ongoing number of executions indicates how the cartels still remain prevalent in the state.

 

 

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