Authorities in Mexico launched extra particulars on Friday concerning the violent takedown of the son of infamous Mexican drug cartel chief Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzmán.
In a blow-by-blow description of the battles that killed 10 army personnel and 19 suspected members of the Sinaloa drug cartel on Thursday as authorities arrested Ovidio Guzmán, Protection Secretary Luis Cresencio Sandoval stated that cartel gunmen opened fireplace on troops with .50-caliber machine weapons.
The military then despatched Blackhawk helicopters into the melee that attacked a convoy of 25 cartel autos, a few of which had gun platforms that had been firing on the helicopters.
The cartel then opened fireplace on the army plane, forcing two of them down with “a major variety of impacts” in every of the 2 plane, Sandoval stated.
The gang then despatched hordes of gunmen to assault fixed-wing plane, each army and civilian, on the metropolis’s worldwide airport.
One civilian airliner was hit. The gunmen additionally shot up airport buildings in a bid to stop authorities from flying the captured cartel boss out of town. Nonetheless, Sandoval stated, authorities anticipating the resistance had loaded Guzman onto a army helicopter to fly him again to Mexico Metropolis.
The working shootouts killed one Culiacan policeman and wounded 17 police officers and 35 army personnel.
The violence grew to become so heavy that Sinaloa Gov. Ruben Rocha says cartel members confirmed up at local hospitals making an attempt to kidnap docs to take them again to the entrance strains and deal with wounded fighters.
“It received to the purpose that at one second, the docs had been saying, ‘We’re getting out of right here’,” recalled Rocha, saying that police had strengthened safety and satisfied the docs to remain.
Guzmán was a pacesetter of a Sinaloa faction he referred to as “Los Menores” or “the juniors,” who’re also referred to as “Los Chapitos,” or the sons of El Chapo, who’s at present serving a life sentence in a Colorado prison after being convicted on drug trafficking and arranged crime costs.
Ovidio Guzmán, nicknamed “the Mouse,” had not been considered one of El Chapo’s better-known sons till an aborted operation to seize him three years in the past. That try equally set off violence in Culiacan that finally led President Andrés Manuel López Obrador to order the army to let him go.
Guzmán was indicted by the US on drug trafficking costs in 2018. Based on each governments, he had assumed a rising function amongst his brothers in carrying on their father’s enterprise, together with long-time cartel boss Ismael “El Mayo” Zambada.
The six-month interagency investigation into Guzman concluded simply days earlier than President Biden is set to visit Mexico for the North American Leaders’ Summit, which can embody conferences with Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Lopez Obrador.
The Related Press contributed to this report.