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Clouds of smoke from burning cars mar the skyline of Culiacan. Clouds of smoke from burning cars mar the skyline of Culiacan, Mexico, Oct. 17, 2019 (AP photo by Hector Parra).

After a Grisly Cartel Shootout, Many in Mexico Doubt AMLO’s Security Promises

Friday, Oct. 25, 2019

The city of Culiacan, the capital of Sinaloa state in northern Mexico, looked like a war zone last week as heavily armed members of the notorious Sinaloa cartel attacked Mexican security forces trying to arrest Ovidio Guzman Lopez, a son of former Sinaloa cartel leader Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman. Residents dodged bullets and burning buses as gunmen besieged the city. Guzman Lopez has helped lead the Sinaloa cartel since his father’s arrest in 2016.

The brazen attack in broad daylight left at least eight people dead, including a member of Mexico’s National Guard, and injured dozens more. Outmanned and outgunned, the security forces eventually stood down and released Guzman Lopez. ...

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