- Title: Mexico arrests organized crime group members for ambush that killed five soldiers
- Date: 23rd October 2016
- Summary: CULIACAN, MEXICO (RECENT - SEPTEMBER 30, 2016) (REUTERS) VARIOUS OF AFTERMATH OF AMBUSH INVESTIGATORS GATHERING CLUES SOLDIERS GUARDING AREA WHERE AMBUSH TOOK PLACE
- Embargoed: 7th November 2016 00:49
- Keywords: ambush Sinaloa soldiers dead news conference Gustavo Salas El Chapo
- Location: CULIACAN, MEXICO
- City: CULIACAN, MEXICO
- Country: Mexico
- Reuters ID: LVA0025584CHV
- Aspect Ratio: 16:9
- Story Text: Mexican Deputy Attorney General Gustavo Salas said on Saturday (October 22) authorities had arrested several members of an organized crime group in connection with a September ambush that killed five soldiers.
Authorities displayed a wide variety of weapons and bullets they said they seized during the operation.
While authorities had said following the ambush that the sons of jailed druglord Joaquin 'El Chapo' Guzman were likely behind the crime, Salas neither named the suspects nor the cartel which the government believes is responsible for the crime.
"This inter-institutional effort has allowed us to have established clearly at this time the mobile, the chain of decision and illegal actions that caused the ambush, the time of weapons and vehicles used, the number of criminals who participated and to which criminal organization they belong. As a result, through the work of security institutions, several people were apprehended who belong to the criminal organization that authored the attack. They are being processed because of their probable responsibility in the commission of various crimes," he said.
The attack on a military convoy in Mexico's northern state of Sinaloa took place in the early morning of September 30 and left at least five soldiers dead and at least 10 wounded.
According to officials, the ambush took place after soldiers detained an injured man who is suspected of belonging to a local criminal group. Authorities believe the ambush and the detention are related.
The area is the home state of the Sinaloa Cartel, whose former leader Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman, was recaptured in January and is currently in prison, awaiting extradition to the United States.
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