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Cartel civil war prompts murder rate in Mexico to skyrocket in January

February 23, 2017  |  Posted by: JammedUp Staff
Cartel civil war prompts murder rate in Mexico to skyrocket in January

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Newly released figures published on Monday reveal the murder rate in Mexico has surged by more than a third for the month of January.

A senior official acknowledged an internal struggle to fill the power vacuum within the Sinaloa Federation Cartel, following the recent extradition of the group’s leader, Joaquin ‘El Chapo’ Guzman has fueled the recent increase in violence.

Areas in Mexico with the largest increase in homicides include the states of Sinaloa, Baja California, and Chihuahua, all of which are strongholds of the Sinaloa Cartel.

Homicides increased by almost half in the states of Sinaloa and Chihuahua. In Baja California, the murder rate is up by almost 50 percent.

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Earlier this month, Defense Minister Salvador Cienfuegos acknowledged that Guzman’s subsequent extradition, set off a power struggle within the criminal organization, resulting in the recent violence in Northern Mexico.

A faction led by Guzman’s kin, including his son Ivan Archivaldo Guzman and half brother Aureliano Guzman-Salazar are fighting for control of the criminal organization against Damaso Lopez Nunez, ‘El Chapo’s’ former top lieutenant.

The murder rate in Sinaloa surged by half in the past month as a result of infighting within the Sinaloa Cartel

Violence escalated even further in recent weeks after Lopez-Nunez allegedly tried to have Ivan Guzman and ‘El Chapo’s longtime partner Ismael ‘El Mayo’ Zambada assassinated on February 4th.

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Official numbers show there were 1,938 homicides in January, compared to the 1,442, which occurred during the same period last year.

Tomas Guevara, who studies crime at Sinaloa State University, attributed the 100 murders recorded in the past month in his home state to the cartel infighting.

“The vast majority of these homicides are due to this problem; we are living in a very tense moment,” Guevara told Reuters.

Homicides also increased in Tamaulipas. The Mexican military hs conducted ongoing operations in the city of Reynosa to capture top cartel boss in the region.

Violence has also surged in the northeastern state of Tamaulipas. The Mexican military has conducted ongoing security operations in the city of Reynosa to capture the Gulf Cartel’s top leader in the region.

The Mexican government ordered the actions in response to a crime wave that had recently swept over the city.

As of Thursday morning, the city remained under a red alert, as military operations entered the eighth day of continuous violence. Countless gun battles between the Mexican forces and Gulf Cartel gunmen have left at least 15 dead in the past week.

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