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Cartel gun battle in Mexican border state of Chihuahua lasted eight hours before military intervened

October 21, 2017  |  Posted by: Francesca Falzarano
Cartel gun battle in Mexican border state of Chihuahua lasted eight hours before military intervened Photo: El Diario de Chihuahua

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Over 100 gunmen engaged in a series of large-scale firefights between cells of the Sinaloa and Juarez Cartels in the Mexican state of Chihuahua.

The dispute, which occurred in a rural mountainous region of Chihuahua, went on for over eight hours before Mexican forces finally intervened.

The incident took place in the rural area of Uruachi where the 1,100 residents were helpless as local police stood helplessly after being outgunned and outnumbered by the vast cartel armies, according to El Diario de Chihuahua.

The groups of gunmen engaged in the fighting that went on for hours were carrying high-powered rifles and wearing tactical gear.

When the two rival groups clashed, local police were quickly overwhelmed, forcing them to hold off for state and military forces to arrive, El Diario de Chihuahua reported.

Statements made by local mayor Hacel Campos Rascon indicated authorities arrived eight hours after the shooting erupted.

The gun battle involving 100 hitmen in the mountains of Chihuahua lasted for over 8 hours

The battle reportedly took place between a group referred to as Gente Nueva, who are part of the Los Salazar cell of the Sinaloa Cartel made up of former members of the Mexican military and federal police.

Gente Nueva is led by Noriel “El Chueco” Portillo. The second group involved in this conflict was headed by César Daniel “H2” Manjarrez Alonso, whose group is under the Juarez Cartel.

Breitbart Texas reported that the conflict occurred in retaliation for the recent abduction of the chief of police of Carichí, Cipriano “Pano” Escárcega Aranda.

The local police chief is also the father of Julio César “El Tigre” Escárcega Murillo, the head of the Sinaloa Cartel faction named Gente Nueva del Tigre.

The kidnapping occurred on October 3rd when a group of at least eight trucks with 20 armed cartel members led by Manjarrez Alonso ambushed the residence of the police chief. Despite a shootout in efforts to rescue the police chief, the kidnappers managed to flee with their victim.

The Sinaloa and the Juarez Cartels are battling over control of key drug distribution routes to smuggle drugs and humans into the U.S. One of these areas under siege is the remote home of the Tarahumara Indians, who reside in the mountainous communities surrounding Uruachi.

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