Thursday, July 11, 2013

Mexican army kills 13 sicarios in Zacatecas shootout

Guadalajara -
In the north central Mexican state of Zacatecas federal troops today killed 13 heavily armed gunmen who attacked them while on routine patrol.

Authorities reported this evening that the men were members of the Gulf Cartel, one of the most powerful of Mexico's 60-80 organized crime organizations.

The Gulf Cartel operates all over Mexico, and is an increasingly powerful presence along the country's Caribbean coast. Quintana Roo prosecutor confirms: Gulf Cartel likely behind three recent Riviera Maya atrocities.

Units of the 97th Motorized Infantry Batallion were reconnoitering rural Sombrerete country in northern Zacatecas when they came under intense fire about 2:00 p.m. Their assailants were equipped with armored vehicles, heavy weapons and radio communication equipment. The Zacatecas prosecutor said the region has experienced an increase in kidnappings for ransom, commercial extortion and violent assaults against locals in recent months, as regional gangs struggle for "control of the plaza."

Sept. 7, 2013 - Ambush of Mexican army leaves 11 dead near Acapulco
Sept. 1 - Narco attacks on security forces continue in Zacatecas
Aug. 17 - Mexican army captures leader of Gulf Cartel
July 16 - Mexican army shines again in Treviño Morales takedown
Feb. 1 - Thank God for the Mexican army

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