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Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto vows to punish those responsible for deadly attack on military convoy

October 1, 2016  |  Posted by: JammedUp Staff
Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto vows to punish those responsible for deadly attack on military convoy

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The coordinated ambush attack on a military convoy which left five marines dead and 10 more wounded in the Sinaloa state capital of Culiacan on Friday has seriously struck a chord within in the Mexican federal government , in its drug war against drug trafficking criminal organizations.

As JammedUp News was the first to report, heavily armed gunmen possibly linked to the Sinaloa Cartel led by the sons of imprisoned Mexican drug lord Joaquin ‘El Chapo’ Guzman, attacked a military convoy heavy arms fire and rocket-propelled grenade launchers in the early morning hours of Friday in Culiacan.

Witnesses reported hearing the sounds of automatic gunfire and loud detonations around 3:30 a.m., north of the city, forcing frightened residents to seek shelter under their beds.

The attack, which lasted over 40 minutes killed at least five soldiers, wounded another ten and destroyed two military vehicles.

According to Proceso, Mexico’s President Enrique Peña Nieto took to Twitter to send his condolences to the families of the victims and wished a speedy recovery to the ten soldiers wounded in the assault.

In a second post, President Enrique Pena Nieto also pledged to punish the assailants responsible for the attack.

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A police officer stands near the charred remains of a soldier and one of the military vehicles torched in Culiacan. Photo: Juan Carlos Cruz

One of the military vehicles torched in Culiacan. Photo: Juan Carlos Cruz

One of the military vehicles torched in Culiacan. Photo: Juan Carlos Cruz

Mexico’s Interior Minister Miguel Angel Osorio Chong echoed  sentiments of Enrique Peña Nieto on Twitter. In one post, he condemned the cowardly acts against the members of SEDENA in Sinaloa.

“My solidarity with the families of deceased members and the wounded,” Osorio Chong said.

In a second message, Chong issued a stern warning against the perpetrators of Friday’s deadly attack: “The Federal Forces will not rest until we bring the culprits to the law. These acts will not go unpunished.”

Gunmen attacked the military convoy of ten vehicles early Friday morning

Gunmen attacked the military convoy of ten vehicles early Friday morning

The Secretary General of Government of Sinaloa, Gerardo Vargas Landeros, said the military convoy had escorted an ambulance transporting a wounded man, who had been involved in an early confrontation with the army in the municipality of Badiguarato when the attack occurred.

Landeros said around 3:30 a.m. gunmen attacked the army vehicles returning from an operation in the municipality of Badiguarato with heavy arms and managed to take the ambulance along with the wounded suspect, according to Riodoce.

At a news conference on Friday, the commander of the Ninth Military Zone commander, Alfonso Duarte Mujica, said preliminary investigations, pointed to Ivan Archivaldo Guzman and Alfredo Guzman, the sons of Mexican drug lord Joaquin ‘El Chapo’ Guzman as the culprits of Friday’s attack.

A soldier wounded after an ambush in Culiacan, Sinaloa. Photo: Juan Carlos Cruz

A soldier wounded after an ambush in Culiacan, Sinaloa. Photo: Juan Carlos Cruz

However, Mujica said the investigation is still ongoing and could not give official confirmation of the involvement Guzman’s sons.

JammedUp News has reported extensively on the violence that has erupted in recent months in the mountainous region of Badiguarato as a result of an ongoing war between the Sinaloa cartel and Beltran-Leyva Organization.

The fighting intensified after gunmen with the Beltran Leyva cartel attacked the village of La Tuna, the hometown of El Chapo back in June, killing several people and even ransacking the home of Guzman’s elderly mother.

A soldier wounded after an ambush in Culiacan, Sinaloa. Photo: Juan Carlos Cruz

A soldier wounded after an ambush in Culiacan, Sinaloa. Photo: Juan Carlos Cruz

Last week dozens of assassins loyal to El Chapo Guzman took control of the villages around the Huixiopa community, an area of Badiraguato, which until recently had remained a stronghold of the Beltran Leyva Organization.

The escalation in violence has led to the displacement of hundreds of families who fled the region for the state capital of Culiacan.

Additionally, the intense fighting forced the cancellation of classed by the  Sinaloa  state Secretary of Education.

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