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Mexican authorities arrest eight suspects for recent mass murder of 11 people in Ciudad Juárez

August 8, 2018  |  Posted by: Michael Falzarano
Mexican authorities arrest eight suspects for recent mass murder of 11 people in Ciudad Juárez Ciudad Juárez

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Mexican authorities arrested eight people suspected in connection with the recent slayings of 11 people at a home in the border city of Ciudad Juárez.

Chihuahua state and local city officials said in a statement Monday that security forces arrested the eight suspects including several reputed hitmen for the Juarez Cartel enforcer group known as Los Aztecas, for drugs and organized crime-related offenses.

However, officials added that investigators have implicated the suspects including 45-year-old René H. C. alias “El Rene” in the August 3rd mass murder, KVIA reported.

Authorities revealed that the eleven victims were strangled with a tourniquet.

Following the killings, approximately 100 state security agents were dispatched to Ciudad Juárez to bolster local security.

Law enforcement officials previously indicated that the executions were the result of an ongoing conflict between rival drug cartels.

René H. C. alias “El Rene”

According to the statement, several of the suspects admitted to committing the executions on the orders of René H. C. in retaliation for the brutal kidnapping and murder of his son back in May.

Located just across the border from El Paso, Juárez has once again become ground zero for a spiraling drug turf war between the Sinaloa Cartel and Juarez Cartel factions allied with the rapidly expanding Jalisco New Generation Cartel.

So far in 2018, Mexico recorded a total of 15,973 homicides making it the bloodiest year since 1997 when a tracking system was first implemented.

Ciudad Juárez recorded 180 homicides in the month of June alone.

Officials have also attributed the uptick in the murder rate to an internal dispute between the Los Aztecas gang and La Linea, the one-time paramilitary wing of the Juárez Cartel.

The ongoing cartel violence recently prompted the U.S. Government to issue a recent security alert, prohibiting all government employees from traveling into downtown areas without advance permission.

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