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Cartel violence engulfs Mexico City after death of local drug boss

July 21, 2017  |  Posted by: JammedUp Staff
Cartel violence engulfs Mexico City after death of local drug boss

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Mexican authorities killed eight alleged drug cartel members on Thursday, including a local crime boss during a shootout in Mexico City,

The nation’s capital resembled a war zone often witnessed in other states plagued by violence as cartel operatives established narco-blockades on main thoroughfares after setting fire to trucks and public vehicles following Thursday’s death of a local drug boss.

Naval officials said in a statement that authorities launched an operation after receiving intelligence about the whereabouts of several local organized crime figures.

Violence erupted in Mexico City on Thursday following the death of a local drug boss

The violence erupted when a group of Marines conducting the operation in the Tulahuac colony, located in the southeastern part of the city, came under heavy attack after encountering several heavily armed suspects.

Mexican Marines killed eight suspected drug gang members in the ensuing shootout including Felipe de Jesús Pérez Luna “El Ojos,” identified as the leader of the Cartel de Tláhuac-Chalco.

Law enforcement officials said the group was suspected of drug dealing, murder, kidnapping, and extortion in the Mexico City delegations of Tláhuac, Milpa Alta, Xochimilco, and Iztapalapa.

Mexican MArines killed local crime boss El Ojos (above) and several henchmen during Thursday’s operation.

Skirmishes soon erupted following the death of “El Ojos,” as cartel gunmen set up blockades by setting fire to vehicles and overturning trucks.

Security forces managed to quell the violence, arresting 23 alleged drug gang members during the operation, Reuters reported.

Several marines suffered minor injuries during the firefight.

The bullet-riddled body of a cartel gunmen remain in vehicle after the ensuing violence

Mexico’s homicide rate in 2017 has surged to its highest levels in decades.

Although Mexico City has been spared from the drug-related strife engulfing large portions of the country, violence has steadily increased in the nation’s capital.

Data released by Mexico’s Interior Ministry indicates there were 438 homicides committed in Mexico City in the first five months of 2017, which is a 20 percent increase compared to the same period last year.

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