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Al-Jazeera journalist assaulted in Sinaloa by armed group headed by son of ‘El Chapo; after being confused for rival cartel faction

March 30, 2017  |  Posted by: JammedUp Staff
Al-Jazeera journalist assaulted in Sinaloa by armed group headed by son of ‘El Chapo; after being confused for rival cartel faction

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A group of gunmen purportedly headed by Iván Archivaldo Guzman, son of drug lord Joaquin ‘El Chapo’ Guzman detained and assaulted a group of foreign journalists with Al-Jazeera in the Mexican state of Sinaloa after confusing them for a rival cartel faction.

The armed cartel assassins held the journalists for 45 minutes in Villa Juarez, Novolato after being mistaken for a rival group linked to rival Sinaloa Cartel drug lord.

According to Proceso, journalists had arrived in Sinaloa to work on a report agricultural laborers and violence in the area when their vehicles were intercepted by the armed group.

The gunmen seized the vehicles, camera equipment, and cell phones, before releasing the journalists in an agricultural farming field less than a mile from the Villamoros community.

Reporters attacked in Sinaloa. Photo: Juan Carlos Cruz

TheAl-Jazeera journalists contacted federal authorities in Washington, who requested assistance from the Mexican government to transfer the reporters to Culiacan, where they filed a complaint with the Public Prosecutor’s Office.

Hours later the Attorney General’s Office reported that the Sinaloa State Preventive Police located an SUV in the area with recording equipment belonging to the Al Jazeera journalists.

Villa Juarez has remained ground zero for a brutal turf war between rival groups who are fighting for control of the Sinaloa Cartel in the wake of ‘El Chapo’s’ extradition to Brooklyn, New York, where he awaits trial for a 17-count racketeering and drug trafficking indictment.

The son of ‘El Chapo’ is fighting for leadership of the criminal organization against Dámaso López Nunez also known as ‘El Licenciado,’ a one-time lieutenant ‘El Chapo.’

The reporters were confused for gunmen linked withDamaso Lopez Nunez, who is engaged in a war with Ivan Archivaldo Guzman Salazar,  for control of the Sinaloa criminal organization

Violence has spiraled in the Sinaloa state as a result of the dispute between the two cartel factions, which has caused the murder rate in Mexico to skyrocket in the first two months of 2017.

Mexico remains one of the most dangerous regions in the world for journalists. Three well-known Mexican journalists have been executed and two others were wounded in the past month alone.

The latest aggression against members of the press occurred as recently as Wednesday.

The home of journalist Julio Omar Gómez suffered injuries after his house was set on fire and his bodyguard was shot and killed during an attack in the state of Baja California Sur.

Meanwhile, in the Gulf state of Veracruz, another reporter, Armando Arrieta Granados remains in critical condition after a gunmen opened fire as he arrived home on Wednesday evening

Both reporters are expected to survive.

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