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Mexican authorities: Wave of violence leaves seven dead in Culiacán on Sunday

March 27, 2017  |  Posted by: JammedUp Staff
Mexican authorities: Wave of violence leaves seven dead in Culiacán on Sunday

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Culiacán, Sinaloa. Seven people, including one woman, were executed during a new round of violence on Sunday in the Mexican state of Sinaloa.

Authorities said the murders occurred in the state’s capital of Culiacán and in the surrounding municipalities of Choix and Navolato, despite the heavy presence of the military and federal police.

Officials say police found the body of a young woman identified only as Melissa “N” in the town of Guasave, located near the municipality of Navolato.

Mexican authorities found the body of a young woman at the edge of an irrigation canal near Culiacan, Sinaloa on Sunday

Authorities discovered the bullet-riddled body of the 20-year-old victim, who was reported missing by her family on Friday, at the edge of an irrigation canal with her hands and feet.

According to El Debate, the bodies of two men, ages 19 and 21, were also discovered at a fishing ground in the city of Navolato.

Officials said both men were reportedly kidnapped by a group of gunmen early Sunday and were executed with automatic weapons.

The bodies of two men discovered at a fishing ground in Culiacan on Sunday

Meanwhile, Mexican Federal Police found the bullet-riddled bodies of three men with their hands and feet bound on a road connecting Culiacán with El Dorado early Monday morning.

Additionally, another male victim found shot to death in the town of Choix.

Law enforcement sources told the Culiacán-based publication that all of the murders are believed to be related to the drug trade.

Sunday’s rash of narco-executions comes in the wake of a spiraling war that has erupted within factions of the Sinaloa Cartel following the arrest and recent extradition of Mexican drug lord Joaquin ‘El Chapo’ Guzman, who is awaiting trial in Brooklyn, New York on a 17-count indictment charging him with running a transnational criminal enterprise.

Three men were also found executed on a road connecting Culiacan with the town of El Dorado

Guzman’s family including his sons and half-brother are fighting to fill the void of power against Damaso Lopez Nunez, leader of a Sinaloa Cartel faction and former top lieutenant of “El Chapo.”

The ongoing struggle for leadership of the Sinaloa criminal organization has caused violence to skyrocket in the state. As a result, Culiacán now has the 17th highest murder rate in the world.

The violence in Sinaloa has also resulted in a spike in  Mexico’s homicide rate in the first two months of 2017.

 

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