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Violence racks the Mexican state of Sinaloa as cartel civil war rages

February 21, 2017  |  Posted by: JammedUp Staff
Violence racks the Mexican state of Sinaloa as cartel civil war rages The violence in Sinaloa has continued to escalate which has correlated in a surge in homicides in the state

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Violence continued to rage on Tuesday morning in the Northwestern state of Sinaloa as Mexican authorities struggle to deal with the deteriorating security situation in the region.

The latest confrontation erupted in the town of Villa Juarez, located in the municipality of Navolato. Local media reports indicated that convoys of heavily armed cartel gunmen “seized the village for a few hours.”

Panic spread throughout the town after witnesses reported heavy gunfire. Unconfirmed reports revealed that several people were killed in the ensuing violence, which occurred around 6:00 a.m.

The fighting prompted the closures of schools and businesses, forcing the residents of Villa Juarez and neighboring towns to remain indoors, El Debate reported.

Gunmen, purportedly with the Sinaloa Cartel, raided the town early Tuesday

Witnesses said armed men seized the town of Villa Juarez for three hours on Tuesday

Cristobal Castaneda, the Undersecretary of Public Security in Sinaloa, said the armed men stopped a school bus of day laborers, took their cell phones, beat the driver, and then burned the truck.

Photos circulated on social media show gunmen in armored vehicles speeding around the town. Witnesses said around 20 armed men stopped traffic and set the bus ablaze in the middle of the road to prevent traffic from entering the area.

The convoy of gunmen fled before the Mexican military swarmed the town.

“Federal and state police, along with the army, deployed units to the town and aircraft trying to locate the armed people,” the official said during a press conference on Tuesday.

Castaneda also suggested that Tuesday’s violence may have been perpetrated by a criminal band called Los Chamales in response to the arrest of the group’s leader, Francisco Javier Zazueta Rosales, better known as “Pancho Chimal.”

Rosales, the presumed chief of assassins and personal escort for Ivan Archivaldo Guzmán Salazar, who is the son of the recently extradited drug lord Joaquin ‘El Chapo’ Guzman, was arrested during an operation in Culiacán last Saturday.

Cartel gunmen in Sinaloa set a bus ablaze during a violent confrontation on Tuesday.

A resident of Villa Juarez in Navolato, Sinaloa watches the aftermath of Tuesday’s violence.

Jammed Up News has extensively covered the internal struggle within the Sinaloa Cartel, which has caused violence to spiral in the region.

A faction led by Ivan Archivaldo Guzman-Salazar and Aureliano Guzman-Salazar, the half-brother of ‘El Chapo’ Guzman, have gone to war against a rival faction led by top capo Damaso Lopez Nunez, alias ‘El Licenciado’ over control of the Sinaloa Cartel.

The situation intensified even further after Ivan Guzman accused Lopez Nunez of allegedly orchestrating a failed attempt to have ‘El Chapo’s’ sons and longtime partner Ismael ‘El Mayo” Zambada’ assassinated after they were ambushed while attending a meeting in Badirgurato, Sinaloa back on February 4th.

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