Saturday, September 24, 2016

An armed commando belonging to el Chapo takes control over a Beltran Leyva stronghold

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Posted: 23 Sep 2016 10:54 AM PDT

Translated by El Wachito for Borderland Beat Original article available at Riodoce, 9.22.16

By Miguel Angel Vega, reporting for Riodoce

A dozen of armed man, under the command of Aureliano Guzman Loera "El Guano", took control of a small town known as Huixiopa in Badiraguato which was a controlled area under the people of the Beltran Leyva brothers.

From that town were deployed the armed commandos that took control of La Tuna last month and invaded the house of Consuelo Loera, mother of el Chapo Guzman. The armed commando killed at least two locals.

According to a patrol conducted by Riodoce(news chain from Sinaloa), the town was abandoned because the local residents ran to other nearby ranches or to Culiacan due to the daily armed clashes.

"This is a war zone and at any moment one can start hearing the "Cohetazos" (gunshots), we recommend you to leave by where you came from", claim one of the gunman, who was wearing a hat with the #701 emblema, which makes a reference to Joaquin Guzman. The same gunman stated that they were people of "El señor Guzman".

According to the reports the residents ran away from the place several days ago, the clashes are happening on a daily basis, and the presence of armed man of el "Guano", suggests that the war in that region is being won by the Guzman Loera family.

El Guano Guzman, brother of el Chapo
During the patrol it was noted that the gunman were not attacking civilians because the only two residents who were making their way to Arroyo Seco, were allowed to make it through the checkpoint.

The gunman clarified that the war was not against the government or civilians, it was against the people that belonged to the Beltran Leyva.

"Those we are going to shot", stated one of the gunman, all of them armed with AK-47 rifles, with drum magazines, grenades, radios and ammo.

The presence of the government was nule. Throughout the inspections conducted by Riodoce and by the statements made by the gunman we can conclude that the clashes will cease until one side completely annihilates the other.

From the top municipality, to Bacaroragua, place where the asphalt ends, we cannot appreciate the presence of any police corporation, no army elements or marines.

The town mayor of Badiraguato, Mario Valenzuela, recognize that since the military left the zone a few weeks ago, the clashes have resume and therefore has resulted in the abandonment of the towns in the region.