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Authorities shift focus of probe into military ambush in Culiacan to Aureliano Guzman Salazar, brother of “El Chapo”

October 18, 2016  |  Posted by: JammedUp Staff
Authorities shift focus of probe into military ambush in Culiacan to Aureliano Guzman Salazar, brother of “El Chapo”

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Authorities in Mexico are investigating whether Aureliano Guzman Salazar, alias “El Guano” who is the brother of Joaquin El Chapo Guzman, was responsible for ordering the ambush that killed five soldiers in the state of Sinaloa.

Over 50 heavily armed cartel members ambushed a military convoy transferring a high-level Sinaloa Cartel operative, identified as Julio Oscar Ortiz Vega, alias “Kevin,” in an apparent rescue mission on the outskirts of Culiacan, the capital city of Sinaloa on Sept. 30th.

Ortiz-Vega was reportedly injured during an earlier confrontation with the military in the municipality of Badirgurato, where fierce fighting has erupted between the Sinaloa Cartel and remnants of the Beltran-Leyva Organization.

The attack left ten other soldiers wounded along with the five fatalities.

Citing sources within Mexico’s Security Cabinet, Wake Televisa news program reported that senior law enforcement officials have shifted the focus of the investigation to Aureliano Guzman Salazar, El Chapo’s brother, Proceso reported.

Immediately after the ambush, government officials accused Ivan Archivaldo and Jesus Alfredo Guzman Salazar, the sons of the Sinaloa cartel leader, of ordering the attack.

However, the children of El Chapo have since refuted the Mexican government’s claims and have staunchly denied having any involvement in the Sept. 30th assault in a recent letter provided to El Universal by the drug lord’s attorney

In the note signed by the brothers, Ivan Archivaldo Guzman disavowed the ambush, and maintained their innocence, saying that attacking the military would essentially “be digging our own graves.”

Fighting has escalated ever since armed men reportedly with the Beltran-Leyva Organization attacked El Chapo’s hometown of La Tuna, and even ransacked the home of Guzman’s mother back in June.

Multiple reports indicate Aureliano Guzman Salazar has remained at the center of the fighting in the remote mountain villages.

As JammedUp News previously reported, dozens of armed men allegedly under the command of “El Guano” stormed the towns around Huixiopa, Badiraguato, a one-time Beltran-Leyva stronghold.

The fierce fighting has forced the displacement of hundreds of families, who have been compelled to flee the area for Culiacan

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