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Cartel violence in Mexico’s Gulf state of Veracruz claims the lives of twenty people on Saturday

June 28, 2017  |  Posted by: JammedUp Staff
Cartel violence in Mexico’s Gulf state of Veracruz claims the lives of twenty people on Saturday

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A wave of cartel-related violence, linked to an ongoing turf war between organized criminal groups in Mexico’s Gulf State of Veracruz, resulted in the deaths of at least 20 people, including four children in separate attacks last weekend.

The latest bloodshed in Veracruz, one of Mexico’s most violence-ridden states, occurred on Saturday.

Officials say armed men killed a top Federal police commander and two agents as they ate a restaurant during a targeted ambush in the city of Cardel, a basic transit point between Xalapa and the Port of Veracruz.

Meanwhile, authorities discovered the bodies of six people, including two adults and four children in the nearby municipality of Coatzacoalcos, Al Jazeera reported.

Three Federal Police officers including a top commander were slain at a restaurant in the city of Cardel

Reports indicated that images of the executed children were so disturbing, media outlets decided not to publish the images into circulation.

Elsewhere, police uncovered the tortured remains of two women, identified as a mother and daughter, in the city of Orizaba and the mutilated bodies of three men in the municipality of Minatitlán.

According to Proceso, law enforcement officials reported three more homicides in the towns of Las Choapas, Cosoleacaque, La Antigua, and Moloacan.

Government officials have attributed the rash of executions in the state to an ongoing turf war between two of Mexico’s most violent criminal organizations, the Veracruz faction of the Jalisco New Generation Cartel and Los Zetas.

Police in Veracruz cordoned off a street where 2 adults and four children were slaughtered on Saturday

In a statement, state governor Miguel Angel Yunes, who recently declared war on the drug cartels, called Saturday’s violence “an act of terrible barbarism.”

“Organized crime has sparked a serious problem of violence in Veracruz,” Yunes said.

Despite the high-profile captures of top drug cartel bosses most notably the arrests of Sinaloa Cartel capos Joaquin ‘El Chapo’ Guzman, and Damaso Lopez Nunez, the Mexican government has struggled to deal with the violence linked to the multi-billion dollar drug trade, which continues to ravage most regions throughout the country.

Mexico experienced the highest rate of violence in 20 years in the month of May, registering over 2,000 murders, a record number for any month since 1997.

The scene where Mexican authorities discovered the remains of a mother and daughter in the town of Orizaba

According to the latest government statistics released last week, authorities opened 2,186 homicide investigations, recording 2,452 deaths in May, surpassing the previous high of 2,131, registered in May 2011.

The strife-ridden southern state of Guerrero, considered ground zero in the drug war, remained the deadliest with 216 people murdered.

In the first five months of 2017, authorities have opened 9,916 homicide investigations, an astonishing 30 percent increase in comparison to the same period in 2016.

The continuing bloodshed has resulted in the declining popularity of Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto and his Institutional Revolutionary Party, which could affect next year’s upcoming presidential elections.

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