Violence in Ciudad Juarez: 11 dead and six arrested

Security and Citizen Protection reported arresting six alleged "Los Mexicles" members for violence in Ciudad Juarez, Chihuahua, Mexico.

Violence in Ciudad Juarez: 11 dead and six arrested
Gang violence leaves 11 dead and six arrested in Ciudad Juarez. Credit: Security and Citizen Protection

The Undersecretary of Security and Citizen Protection, Ricardo Mejía Berdeja, informed that police detained six alleged "Los Mexicles" members for the violence registered yesterday in Ciudad Juárez, in which 11 people died.

At President Andrés Manuel López Obrador's press conference, the federal official said that at this moment, Ciudad Juárez is calm and public order has been re-established.

"The persecution of those who intervened in these events derived from the brawl that originated in Cereso 3 of Ciudad Juarez between Los Chapos and Los Mexicles continues," he said.

"Part of the groups generating these criminal events, in different parts of Ciudad Juarez, have already been detained; they are identified as part of the Mexicles group and placed at the authorities' disposal."

Mejia Berdeja explained that inside Cereso 3, there was aggression between Los Chapos. The latter was attacked by a rival group Los Mexicles, resulting in 20 injured inmates. Four of them by firearm projectile, the rest by blows as well as killed two persons deprived of their freedom by firearm projectile.

"Control was re-established in the penitentiary center through the actions of the municipal, state, and federal forces. But after this situation, this criminal group Los Mexicles started to carry out riots and aggressions against the civilian population in Ciudad Juarez in the state of Chihuahua, resulting in the death of nine people, in addition to the killing of two inside the penitentiary center."

He said that among the people killed were four who were doing a remote control, who belonged to the Mega Radio station, Switch FM, and a radio announcer, Alan Gonzalez.

Six hundred soldiers arrive to reinforce security in Ciudad Juarez

A group of 600 soldiers arrived shortly before noon in a plane owned by the Secretariat of National Defense (Sedena), who will have the task of supporting crime prevention efforts in the city.

The aircraft landed at 11:54 a.m. at Abraham Gonzalez airport, where several trucks from the Ninth Motorized Cavalry Regiment were already on the tarmac to transport the soldiers who arrived from Mexico City to the Military Garrison on Barranco Azul Avenue.

This morning, General Eduardo Solorzano Barragan, head of the V Military Zone, announced the group's arrival, stating that most of them will join the security work in the areas with the highest incidence of crime in Ciudad Juarez.