At least sixteen people were killed Wednesday in clashes between rival gangs of drug traffickers to Tepuche, a rural community of the mexican State of Sinaloa, announced Thursday the local authorities.
“A van with seven body’ was discovered after a first exchange of shots, and then nine more bodies a little later in the day Wednesday, ” said Cristobal Castaneda, secretary of Security in the State of Sinaloa, in the north of the country.
The clashes took place in an area difficult to access, which complicated the arrival of the security forces, he added.
The manager pointed out that this confrontation was part of “a struggle between two organized crime gangs in the region” that has been the scene of eight other attacks since the may 29. These, however, had not made victims.
Forty automatic weapons, ten grenades, more than 36 000 ammunition and twenty vehicles were also seized at the scene, said Cristobal Castaneda.
The victims are men aged 20 to 50 years, and seven of them are residents of Tepuche. The bodies found in the van were wearing bullet-proof vests.
According to local media, these shootings have erupted between the gang of the children of Joaquín “El Chapo” Guzmán, the former leader of the cartel of Sinaloa sentenced to life in prison in the United States, and that of Ismael “El Mayo” Zambada, considered the number two of this cartel.
If this information were to be confirmed officially, this would mean the split of the cartel of Sinaloa, considered one of the most powerful of Mexico in spite of the capture, in 2016, and the subsequent extradition to the United States of Guzmán.
Violence related to organized crime does not fail, in Mexico, in spite of the paralysis of the country by the pandemic of Covid-19.
In April, 2950 homicides were recorded, according to figures from the ministry of the Interior. Since December 2006, the launch date by the federal government of a counter-drug operation, more than 287 000 murders have been officially recorded in the country.