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Massive gun battle between rival cartels kills 26 people in Mexican border state of Chihuahua

July 6, 2017  |  Posted by: JammedUp Staff
Massive gun battle between rival cartels kills 26 people in Mexican border state of Chihuahua

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A massive gun battle between rival drug cartels has resulted in at least 26 people killed in the Mexican border state of Chihuahua.

Félix González, the spokesman the Chihuahua State Attorney General’s Office said the shootout erupted in the community of Las Varas, located in the municipality of Madera, between members of the Sinaloa Cartel and La Linea, the armed wing of the Juarez Cartel.

The official said the confrontation occurred between 5 and 6 a.m. on Wednesday morning and indicated victims were members of the two organized criminal groups.

The shootout occurred in the mountainous region of Chihuahua

The State Attorney General, César Augusto Peniche Espejel refused to confirm the reported death toll, El Diario del Chihuahua reported.

“We do not know exactly how many wounded were taken,” Espejel said outside the Government offices.

According to reports, Mexican Security forces arrived in the area as the two groups of gunmen were engaged in an intense firefight.

Mexican authorities flood the scene of the gun battle in Chihuahua 

The cartel operatives immediately opened fire on military forces. However, no officers were wounded in the gun battle.

Police arrested three cartel gunmen, seizing dozens of high-powered weapons along with ten vehicles.

González refused to rule out a link between the bloodshed and clandestine graves recently located in Madera, in which eight bodies were found.

Bullet-riddled vehicle remains from Wednesday’s bloodshed

Violence has surged in the region in recent weeks. The city was the scene of an attack against state police officials resulting in the deaths of two investigators.

The municipality is located in Chihuahua’s mountainous limits bordering the state of Sinaloa, a dangerous region controlled by the drug cartels.

Officials said the Mexican military has flooded the area where the point of the confrontation occurred but refused to release any further details.

Violence has surged in the border state following the arrest and subsequent extradition of Sinaloa Cartel boss Joaquin ‘El Chapo’ Guzman, who awaits trial in New York on federal drug trafficking and racketeering charges.

Security experts citing intelligence sources indicate La Linea and the powerful Jalisco New Generation Cartel have entered into an alliance to challenge the Sinaloa Cartel’s control over Chihuahua’s lucrative drug smuggling corridors into the United States.

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