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Mexican authorities suspect sons of ‘El Chapo’ in ambush attack that killed six soldiers in Culiacan

September 30, 2016  |  Posted by: JammedUp Staff
Mexican authorities suspect sons of ‘El Chapo’ in ambush attack that killed six soldiers in Culiacan

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Six soldiers killed in an ambush attack in Culiacan, Mexico

Six soldiers were reportedly killed in an ambush attack early Friday morning in the western Mexican state of Sinaloa.

Military officials said a group of alleged assassins ambushed a military convoy using high-powered weapons just north of Culiacan, the capital of Sinaloa, in a coordinated attack, resulting in the deaths of six soldiers, wounding ten others.

According to El Debate, authorities suspect the attack, which lasted over 40 minutes was orchestrated by Jesus and Ivan Archivaldo Guzman, the sons of Mexican drug lord Joaquin ‘El Chapo’ Guzman.

Gerardo Vargas Landeros, the secretary general of the state government, said on Friday that the military convoy had returned from an operation in the mountainous area of Badiguarato where the Sinaloa cartel operates.

The municipality has been the epicenter of a violent war, which erupted between the Sinaloa cartel and Beltran Leyva allied with the Jalisco New Generation drug cartel after an attack in June on the village of La Tuna, the hometown of El Chapo.

Authorities investigate the scene of Friday's deadly ambush attack in Sinaloa, Mexico

Authorities investigate the scene of Friday’s deadly ambush attack in Sinaloa, Mexico

Landeros said around 3:30 a.m. the convoy was escorting an ambulance transporting a man identified as Julio Oscar Ortiz Vega, who was wounded in an earlier gun battle with the military when the attack occurred.

“The military brought a wounded man who had been involved in a confrontation with the army, and (criminals) rescued him, taking the suspect with everything, even ambulance,” Landeros said.

Alfonso Duarte Mujica, the Ninth Military Zone commander, said at a news conference, that based on the preliminary investigations, authorities suspect the attack came from Ivan Archivaldo Guzman and Alfredo Guzman, the sons of Mexican drug lord Joaquin ‘El Chapo’ Guzman.

The attack resulted in the deaths of six soldiers, ten others were taken to various hospitals

The attack resulted in the deaths of six soldiers, ten others were taken to various hospitals

Mujica said the arrest of Ortiz Vega likely prompted the attack.

“These groups acted with malice aforethought, cowardly and treacherous, carrying out the action with guns, grenades, in which we agree to the proportionality of force, only have automatic weapons,” said Mújica.

Mexican officials have withheld the names of the dead and wounded victims.

Eyewitnesses reported hearing the sound of automatic gunfire and loud detonations for over 40 minutes prompting panicked residents to seek shelter early Friday morning.

One of the ten soldiers wounded in Friday's violence that erupted in Culiacan

One of the ten soldiers wounded in Friday’s violence that erupted in Culiacan

According to Riodoce, the heavily armed gunmen reportedly used heavy weaponry in the attack, including Barret M82 standardized high powered assault rifles, grenades, and automatic weapons.

The wounded were taken to medical facilities in Culiacan and airlifted to hospitals in Mazatlan, located 120 miles south of the Sinaloa state capital.

As JammmedUp News reported, armed clashes have taken place in Badiguarato in recent weeks between the Beltran Leyva and Sinaloa cartels.

Mexican authorties suspect Jesus and Ivan Archivaldo Guzman (pictured), the sons of drug lord Joaquin 'El Chapo' Guzman in the attacks

Mexican authorities suspect Jesus and Ivan Archivaldo Guzman (pictured), the sons of drug lord Joaquin ‘El Chapo’ Guzman in the attacks

Last week gunmen loyal to the imprisoned leader of the Sinaloa Cartel Joaquin ‘El Chapo’ Guzman took control of the Huixiopa community, an area of Badiraguato, which until recently had remained a bastion of the Beltran Leyva Organization.

The violence forced the displacement of over 200 families, who have fled the remote villages to Culiacan.

The Sinaloa secretary of education was also compelled to cancel school classes as a result of the spiraling violence.

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