19 Killed in Clashes Near Mexican Beach City


On Saturday, the Mexican authorities said that at least 19 people died in clashes, including armed men and security forces in the gang-plagued northwestern state of Sinaloa, where the homicides have spiked considerably following the record and extradition of guilty drug lord Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman. The physical violence started out with a firing on Friday that killed two men close to a department store in the city of Villa Union, about 15 miles southeast of the beach vacation resort of Mazatlan.

The officials linked it to military drug gang members in charge of recent violence in the condition, which is home to Guzman’s Sinaloa cartel. The Sinaloa state public security secretary, Genaro Robles Casillas, said at a news conference that “We believe it has to do with the transport of drugs and the fight for terrain, for the areas that these groups are fighting over”. The Police were alerted by urgent calls, and municipal representatives came across the suspected assailants as they were operating in numerous trucks. A violent gun battle broke away in which police wiped out 17 suspects as the officials said. Five municipal police officials were injured but reported in steady condition. The components of the marines, the army, and the federal police also acted in response to support the local forces.

The Sinaloa is the place of birth of a number of Mexico’s drug gang frontrunners, and killings have gone up there after Guzman was detained and then transferred to the United States previously this year to face drug charges. The security authorities say a power struggle has since broken out amid opposite factions of the Sinaloa cartel, which also experiences challenges from the other gangs including the Jalisco New Generation cartel. As per the government crime statistics, in the first five months of the year, homicides dived by 76 percent in Sinaloa state compared with the same period in 2016. The killings also include the May 15 homicide of Javier Valdez, an award-winning reporter who is specialized in covering drug trafficking and organized crime, in the state capital, Culiacan. The killings were also up to 30 percent all over the country in Mexico for the January-May period.