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Cartel gun battles continue to ravage Mexican state of Sinaloa: Video

February 8, 2017  |  Posted by: JammedUp Staff
Cartel gun battles continue to ravage Mexican state of Sinaloa: Video

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Violence spiraled out of control in Mexico on Tuesday as clashes between heavily armed rival cartel groups and military forces transformed the state of Sinaloa into a scene more reminiscent of a Syrian war zone.

As JammedUp News reported, five gunmen and a Mexican naval marine died during a predawn gunbattle early Tuesday morning in Culiacan, the capital city of Sinaloa, which is the home of the Sinaloa drug cartel.

Officials said a military patrol came under heavy attack by a cartel convoy of heavily armed assailants, prompting an intense security operation by the Mexican military around 3:40 a.m. in the Villa del Real and Camino Real section of Culiacan.

Later in the day, fierce clashes erupted between rival factions of the Sinaloa cartel in the city of Navolato, Sinaloa resulting in the deaths of at least three men and a woman, according to official reports.

Terror gripped the town of Villa Juarez after a shootout which lasted several minutes that occurred around 5 p.m. Unconfirmed reports indicate a cartel  faction reportedly led by the sons of the recently extradited drug lord, Joquin ‘El Chapo’ Guzman faced off against  a rival group loyal to  Damaso Lopez Nunez, also known as ‘El Licenciado’,  a top figure  within the  Sinaloa leadership..

Employees at a nearby gas station captured footage showing heavily armed men aboard pickup trucks mounted with high-powered machine guns unleashing a barrage of gunfire and firing rocket-propelled grenade launchers at rivals during the furious gunbattle.

According to El Debate, one of the victims killed during the firefight was a pregnant woman.

Authorities have launched a major military operation to establish control of the region

Military helicopters along with large battalions of Army troops and Naval Marines in coordination with federal and state police forces swarmed the town following the shootout.

Witnesses reported that the bodies of several hitmen killed in the violent clash were loaded into vans by cartel gunmen before authorities arrived on the scene.

A wave of armed conflicts has intensified since Saturday prompting state and federal authorities to conduct ongoing preventive operations to stabilize the region.

The security situation in Sinaloa has steadily deteriorated in the past year following the arrest of recently extradited Joaquin ‘El Chapo’ Guzman, leader of the Sinaloa Cartel.

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