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Mexican government deploys elite military troops in hunt for El Chapo’s children

October 2, 2016  |  Posted by: JammedUp Staff
Mexican government deploys elite military troops in hunt for El Chapo’s children

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The Mexican government has made the capturing of jailed Mexican drug lord Joaquin ‘El Chapo” Guzman’s sons its top priority following a deadly attack on Friday, which killed several soldiers in the state of Sinaloa.

Authorities in Mexico have deployed three companies of elite highly trained military special forces, numbering somewhere around 300, have been deployed to the rural areas of Culiacan, Navolato, and Badiraguato to search for the children of the Sinaloa cartel leader.

Mexican government officials said the troop deployment was a direct response to the predawn ambush attack on a military convoy in Culiacan on Friday, which killed five soldiers, wounding another ten.

As JammedUp News previously reported, at least 50 alleged members of the Sinaloa cartel participated in a predawn ambush with heavy weaponry and grenades on a military convoy of about 20 soldiers in the Sinaloa state capital of Culiacan.

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The military convoy came under heavy attack early Friday morning by over 50 gunmen in Culiacan, the capital of the Sinaloa state

The soldiers had just returned from an operation in the mountainous regions of Badiraguato where fierce fighting has erupted between the Sinaloa cartel and their rivals, the Beltran Leyva Organization.

According to Proceso, authorities have since identified Jesus and Ivan Archivaldo Guzman, the sons of El Chapo, along with his brother Alfredo Guzman alias ‘El Guano’ and brother-in-law, Edgar Coronel Aispuro, as the likely culprits allegedly responsible for Friday’s deadly attack.

Coronel Aispuro, who is the brother of Emma Coronel Aispuro, the wife of Guzman, is believed to have helped “El Chapo” escape prison back in July 2015.

The convoy of about ten military vehicles was escorting an ambulance transporting an injured man named Julio Oscar Ortiz Vega, identified as a top Sinaloa cartel operative and one of the main collaborators of Aureliano Guzman when they came under heavy attack, suggesting that the ambush was part of a rescue mission.

“Military personnel escorting an injured subject entered Culiacan, and came under attack with a high volume of firepower by an organized crime group which mobilized at the entrance of the city, waiting for the military to attack,” the National Defense Minister said in a statement.

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Alfredo Guzman alias ‘El Guano’ is believed to have played a big role in Friday’s ambush

At a press conference on Friday, General Alfonso Duarte, commander of the Third Military Region, referred to the attack as a cowardly act.

“These groups acted premeditated, cowardly, and treacherous, carrying out the action with heavy artillery and explosives including grenades,” he explained.

Duarte said evidence also suggested there was a “high likelihood” that the group, led by the children of the El Chapo, were responsible for the attack in Culiacan.

In August, gunmen kidnapped Alfredo Guzman Salazar and Ivan, abducted in Puerto Vallarta, Jalisco, an act which was perpetrated by the Jalisco New Generation Cartel.

“So far we cannot yet confirm which one of these groups, but with almost certainty, it is very likely to be the sons of ‘El Chapo,” Duarte said.

On Saturday, the President of Mexico, Enrique Pena Nieto vowed during a ceremony honoring the fallen soldiers to punish those responsible for the ambush.

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Pictured here, El Chapo’s sons, Iv├ín Archivaldo Guzman and Alfredo Guzman

“The military has every reason to be angry and upset, but as soldiers of the Republic, disciplined and patriots, we must not allow this feeling we experience today distort our thinking and our thinking in the daily act to safeguard the physical integrity and property of our fellow citizens,” Pena Nieto said.

He added, “this painful and irreparable loss will not make us lower our guard; not intimidate us, on the contrary, it urges us to redouble our efforts to continue to work tirelessly with the human, material, and legal resources, to ensure we bring those responsible for this deplorable act to justice.”

Following the ceremony, the Secretariat of National Defense (Sedena), Salvador Cienfuegos Zepeda, confirmed the deployment of the specialized troops, who have the ability to operate in any terrain.

Zepeda said the three special forces teams joined nearly 2,000 security elements operating in Sinaloa, which include the hardened elite Marines and Federal Police in the hunt for the sons of “El Chapo.”

Workers transport burned vehicles from a crime scene after an ambush by members of an organized crime syndicate, under orders of the sons of Mexican drug lord Joaquin 'El Chapo'

Workers transport burned vehicles from a crime scene after an ambush by members of an organized crime syndicate, under orders of the sons of Mexican drug lord Joaquin ‘El Chapo’

In an interview with Proceso on Saturday, El Chapo’s attorney Jose Rodriguez Refugio said Ivan and Alfredo denied having involvement with the fatal assault on the military convoy.

“The children of Joaquin (Guzman Loera) Ivan and Alfredo disavow the unfortunate events that killed the soldiers in the cowardly ambush,” Rodriguez said.

“Furthermore, they ask for an objective and impartial investigation in clarifying the facts and lament the death of the military in the line of duty,” the lawyer added.

The attorney also slammed the assertions made by Duarte, labeling the accusations a “witch hunt” by the Mexican government.

“Nobody likes being chased by the Mexican government for something they did not do, the sons of Guzman Loera would have sent the message when they arrested his father, they did not make them less now,” Refugio said.

“Hopefully a witch hunt in which abuse of their power (the military) satiating the revenge for the pain of fallen comrades will not happen,” said the lawyer.

When he asked how he had contact with the children of “El Chapo,” he replied, “it was through a relative.”

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