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Cartels continue deadly ambush attacks against police in Mexican border state of Chihuahua

November 14, 2017  |  Posted by: Francesca Falzarano
Cartels continue deadly ambush attacks against police in Mexican border state of Chihuahua

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The Mexican border state of Chihuahua remains a hotbed for violence where cartel operatives continue to carry out deadly attacks on authorities. The ambushes on law enforcement seem to be an effort to keep police out of the ongoing battle for control of the state’s profitable drug trafficking territories.

As the violence between members of the Sinaloa Cartel and the Juarez Cartel continue to intensify, officials sought to calm the public by stepping up law enforcement efforts, which has made lawmen a new target for cartel offenses.

In one incident, two agents with the Chihuahua State Prosecutor’s Office were fatally gunned down.

A third female agent was injured when a crew of gunmen riding in a vehicle began shooting at the agents.

The ambush occurred outside the female agent’s residence and has been attributed to the Los Azteca’s gang. Also referred to as Barrio Azteca, the group is an enforcement wing for the Juarez Cartel.

Mexican investigators sweep for clues at the scene of one of the attacks on ministerial police

El Diario reported that the slain officers have been identified as 25-year-old Pedro Valadez Rodríguez and 45-year-old Héctor Manuel Montañés Ríos. The identity of the female has not been revealed.

The three investigators participated in a high profile probe targeting members of La Linea dealing with the trafficking of women inside a state prison in the city of Juarez. The work conducted by the three officers led to the convictions of several La Linea operators, Breitbart Texas reported.

Because of their work, the officials started receiving threats in September. One of the murdered agents was expected to leave the prosecutor’s office as a result of the constant threats.

Soon after that killing, a crew of gunmen attacked two municipal officers in Ciudad Juarez. The officers responded to a call about a suspicious armed individual outside of a bank when they were met with shots fired from a suspect who escaped the scene.

The officers have been identified as 34-year-old Elizabeth Alfaro Loya, and 40-year-old Sergio Alberto Macias Holguin.

So far this year, the border city of Ciudad Juarez has seen 11 murdered officers at the hand of gangs and cells that are linked to the Juarez or the Sinaloa Cartels. While some of the murders were targeted, other officers have been killed in gun battles with cartel members.

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