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28 suspected Sinaloa cartel gunmen killed during shootout in Veracruz, Mexico

December 7, 2016  |  Posted by: JammedUp Staff
28 suspected Sinaloa cartel gunmen killed during shootout in Veracruz, Mexico

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A series of gun battles transformed the troubled Gulf state of Veracruz into a war zone, as Mexican armed forces clashed with presumed cartel gunmen leaving over two dozen dead in the violence.

The violent confrontation welcomed the new governor of Veracruz, Miguel Ángel Yunes Linares, who inherits a complicated security situation in the state.

Yunes Linares and military leaders of the Coordination Group of Veracruz reported up to 28 suspected gunmen killed and a police officer injured during a joint operation involving Mexican Marines with federal and state police forces.

The violence exploded on Saturday night after armed men attacked security forces in the town of Suchilapan, located in the municipality of Jesús Carranza south Veracruz bordering the states of Oaxaca and Chiapas.

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Officials said three of the suspected attackers were killed in Saturday’s shootout.

According to Proceso, a second firefight erupted on Sunday between Police and a group of 20 armed assailants in the same area that left three dead and resulted in the seizure of several AR-15 and AK-47 assault rifles.

Violence continued in the town of Suchilapan on Monday after a military patrol conducting a search of the area came under attack. Agents called for backup after the massive shootout erupted.

Authorities reported 14 suspects killed in the firefight.

Police recovered a total of 28 high-powered assault rifles including a weapon described by officials as having the capability of piercing armored vehicles and thousands of rounds of ammunition.

Additionally, authorities also seized 58 packages totaling 66 kilograms of cocaine along with six vehicles.

Veracruz has seen several turf wars erupt in the past year between the hyperviolent groups, Los Zetas and Jalisco New Generation cartel, who have a history of conducting guerrilla-style attacks on Mexican armed forces.

However, according to ZetaTijuana, the gunmen were alleged members of the Sinaloa Cartel who were seeking to assume control of the boundary between the states of Veracruz and Oaxaca.

The governor refused to confirm the report.

Yunes Linares said two suspects were arrested and made available to the Attorney General’s Office (PGR).

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“A joint operation has killed 28 suspected criminals, two of whom were identified, both from the state of Nuevo Leon. In addition, two individuals from Tepic, Nayarit, were detained and handed over to the Attorney General’s Office of the Republic,” Yunes Linares said in a statement.

Yunes Linares said air and ground reconnaissance are searching to locate and arrest the remaining members of the criminal gang that attacked security forces in the area of Jesús Carranza would continue.

“Veracruz is no longer a space for crime, and we will not tolerate corruption to open the door to criminals who pay millions of dollars to operate with impunity,” Angel Yunes declared.

“We have taken all necessary measures to protect the civilian population,” the governor said. “We will continue to conduct aerial and ground surveys involving elements of the various federal and state authorities, using helicopters, armored vehicles, patrol cars and equipment to locate and arrest the other members of this criminal gang.”

Authorities have also set up strict security checkpoints in the region, and Angel Yunes said the Attorney General’s Office is intensifying efforts to identify the suspects who lost their lives and confirm the group responsible for the attacks.

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