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Mexican military returns to Juarez after cartel violence claims the lives of ten people in a single day

May 12, 2018  |  Posted by: Francesca Falzarano
Mexican military returns to Juarez after cartel violence claims the lives of ten people in a single day

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Security officials in the border state of Chihuahua announced the return of the Mexican military, which will assist federal, state, and municipal police to combat local cartel violence that has once again engulfed Ciudad Juarez and the surrounding municipalities.

The reactivation of military patrols was announced by state Attorney General César Augusto Peniche on May 8th following a weekend of cartel violence northwest of the capital of Chihuahua resulted in int he deaths of eight people.

According to the El Paso Times, the lethal attacks, which took place on the morning in the neighborhood of Ignacio Zaragoza and the municipality of Gómez Farías. The violence was followed by a bloody Monday in Ciudad Juarez that led to 10 drug-related murders in just 24-hours.

The joint military and police security operation will center on Juarez and the municipality of Parral, which is enduring an increase in cartel activity.

The violence is attributed to fighting between criminal cells aligned with the Juarez and Sinaloa Cartels. Both groups are engaged in a fierce turf war for control of the lucrative smuggling territories and street-level narcotics markets.

The military deployment is being carried out to avoid the record-breaking violence that saw Juarez become the murder capital of the world.

In 2008, the Mexican government was forced to dispatch troops to Ciudad Juarez due to the shocking number of murders during a war that erupted the Juarez and Sinaloa Cartels.

So far this year, the border city has recorded an astonishing total of 241 homicides.

Ciudad Juarez Mayor Armando Cabada Alvídrez indicated that he did not ask for military assistance and thinks the patrols are unnecessary. He said that although Monday was a difficult day, the majority of victims were linked to organized crime.

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