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Bodies of six people dumped in the Mexican port city of Mazatlan, Sinaloa

September 26, 2016  |  Posted by: JammedUp Staff
Bodies of six people dumped in the Mexican port city of Mazatlan, Sinaloa

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The Attorney General of the Mexican state of Sinaloa revealed the identities of six people whose bodies were dumped in the back of a medical clinic near a tourist area in the port city of Mazatlan as cartel-related violence continues to escalate in the home state of the Sinaloa Cartel.

State authorities made the grisly discovery on Sunday. All of the bodies, including five males and a female, were discovered with tape covering their faces and their hands and feet bound, according to El Debate.

The AG’s Office said on Sunday that medical examiners had determined asphyxiation due to strangulation as the cause of death for all of the victims.

Law enforcement officials presume that the victims were kidnapped and killed elsewhere. However, an official determination has not been confirmed by Mexican authorities.

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The Attorney General’s Office identified the victims as Miguel Angel Sandoval Cordero, 27; Lizarraga Gilberto Paez, 41; César Osuna Osuna, 28; Marchen Raul Velez, 55; Alfredo Simental Villanueva, 47 and Sotera Simental Villanueva, 58.

The agency did not indicate whether there were family ties among them.

Since the arrest of Mexican drug lord Joaquin ‘El Chapo” Guzman, violence has escalated in the state as the result of a war that has erupted between a Sinaloa cartel faction of El Chapo loyalists, and the Beltran Leyva Organization allied with the Jalisco New Generation drug cartel, an element of Los Zetas.

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In June, gunmen allegedly with the BLO attacked the remote villages of Badiraguato including the town of La Tuna, the birthplace of ‘El Chapo,’ killing several people and even ransacking the home of Guzman’s mother.

As previously reported on JammedUp, last week, cartel gunmen led by the brother of El Chapo attacked villages previously under the control of the Beltran Leyva Organization.

The ongoing violence prompted state officials to close schools and has resulted in the displacement of hundreds of families, who fled the mountainous villages and sought safety in the state capital of Culiacan.

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