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Reynosa Explodes: Mexican military launches major operation to capture Gulf cartel boss: Video

February 18, 2017  |  Posted by: JammedUp Staff
Reynosa Explodes: Mexican military launches major operation to capture Gulf cartel boss: Video

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Mexico’s armed forces have conducted major operations led by the battle-hardened Mexican Marines in the border state of Tamaulipas to capture Julián Manuel Loisa Salinas, “El Comandante Toro” the presumed leader of the Gulf Cartel (CDG) in Reynosa.

The Tamaulipas Coordination Group, with the support of Federal Forces and Naval Marines, launched the three-day operation on Wednesday targeting the cartel leader, who is believed to be responsible for a recent wave of violence in the city.

Mexican authorities conducted the raids in the wake of a recent wave of turmoil that has consumed Reynosa, where kidnappings, extortion, and highway robberies have continued to torment the border city.

Reputed Gulf Cartel boss Julian “Comandante Toro” Loisa Salinas

On Friday, Mexican officials confirmed that eight suspected cartel operatives and one civilian were killed in fierce clashes.

However, eyewitnesses have reported at least a dozen cartel gunmen killed during the operation.

Residents were awakened at dawn on Friday to the sound of gunfire from military helicopters firing at convoys of cartel gunmen in public squares throughout the city.

In the past week, several blankets containing narco messages hung across city signed by Commander Toro and CDG denying that they ordered any extortion, kidnapping or robberies in the city.

One narco message left on Tuesday where authorities discovered two men severely beaten and duct taped to a pedestrian bridge signed by the cartel boss, warned that he would start handing over criminals as an example to policing agencies how to deal with known delinquents, who he claimed are not concerned with curbing the wave of common law crimes.

For the second time in the past week, the Mexican military would unleash a barrage of gunfire from an M-134 high-powered machine gun on heavily armed cartel operatives.

Last week a military helicopter killed Juan Francisco Patron also known as “H2,” one of the top leaders of the Beltran-Leyva Cartel during an operation in Nayarit.

The massive military response drew criticism from many in the Mexican media who claimed the military action was a response to recent comments by U.S. President Donald Trump during a phone call with Mexico’s President Enrique Pena Nieto.

Trump reportedly told Pen Nieto that Mexican military was not able to deal with the issue of drug violence in the country and suggested using the U.S. Military instead to combat the drug cartels, which he referred to as a bunch of “Bad Hombres.”

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