- Title: Military ambush in northern Mexico leaves four dead and at least ten wounded
- Date: 30th September 2016
- Summary: CULIACAN, SINALOA, MEXICO (SEPTEMBER 30, 2016) (REUTERS) GENERAL VIEW OF AREA WHERE AMBUSH TOOK PLACE BODY OF VICTIM COVERED WITH BLUE BLANKET / FORENSICS STANDING NEXT TO BODY TAKING PICTURES CHARRED REMAINS OF VEHICLE TROOPS LOOKING ON ANOTHER BODY COVERED WITH BLUE BLANKET TWO CHARRED REMAINS OF VEHICLES FORENSICS TAKING PICTURES OF VEHICLE AUTHORITIES AND FORENSICS INSPECTING SCENE CHARRED REMAINS OF VEHICLES SEEN BEHIND CORDONED OFF AREA FORENSICS AND AUTHORITIES PLACING BODIES INTO VEHICLE TROOPS IN MILITARY VEHICLES STANDING BY FORENSICS LIFTING BODY AND PLACING ON STRETCHER VEHICLE WITH BULLET SHOTS SEEN THROUGH WINDSHIELD BODY ON STRETCHER FIRE MARKS ON WALL FORENSICS COVERING BODY
- Embargoed: 15th October 2016 19:35
- Keywords: armed attack military convoy northern Mexico four soldiers dead 10 wounded prosecutor
- Location: CULIACAN, SINALOA, MEXICO
- City: CULIACAN, SINALOA, MEXICO
- Country: Mexico
- Topics: Conflicts/War/Peace,Military Conflicts
- Reuters ID: LVA00151REFCZ
- Aspect Ratio: 16:9
- Story Text: An armed attack against a military convoy in northern Mexico left four soldiers dead and at least ten wounded, a source from the local prosecutor said on Friday (September 30).
The attack took place at dawn on the outskirts of the city of Culiacan in Sinaloa state, home to major Mexican drug lords like Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman, who waits in prison to be extradited to the United States.
"For all we know only soldiers were left dead and wounded, we did not receive reports of any armed civilians who attacked and who died. We believe it was an attack by a local cartel," a source from the prosecutors told Reuters.
"It seems that it was an ambush," the source said without giving further details.
With the arrest of Guzman in January after his escape in July 2015 for the second time from a maximum security prison, it is unclear who currently heads the Sinaloa cartel, authorities have said.
After his arrest, clashes have been reported in Sinaloa and in June, local media reported that an armed group broke into the house of Guzman's mother.
Also in June, the bodies of seven men were found beheaded near a tourist port of Mazatlan, in the same state.
The Sinaloa cartel is considered one of the biggest criminal organizations in the world, but its position is disputed by others such as the New Generation Jalisco cartel (CJNG) that has expanded in recent years.
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