Mexican Soldiers Arrest 20 Cartel Gunmen, Kill 3 in Coastal State Shootout

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Breitbart Texas / Cartel Chronicles

Authorities in Mexico confirmed the arrest of 20 cartel gunmen, the killing of three others, and the wounding of two more following a series of shootouts in the coastal state of Tabasco. The clashes come after the region experienced a dramatic rise in cartel shootouts and targeted killings.

This week, Mexican military forces clashed with a large squad of gunmen from Cartel Jalisco New Generation near the town of Centro, Tobasco. A series of cell phone videos captured the moment of the shootout as locals were forced to seek cover.

In the aftermath of the shootout, military forces arrested 20 gunmen, including one woman, provided medical care to two others, and killed three gunmen, the Tabasco state government revealed in a prepared statement.

The violence in Tabasco follows an apparent turf war between rival CJNG factions fighting for control. In February, a group of CJNG gunmen claimed to be fighting against a faction of CJNG going by La Barredora. This is the group that was extorting, killing, and raping innocent victims. In that video, the CJNG claimed they were not fighting the government but hunting their rivals.

The once peaceful state of Tabasco experienced an ongoing rise in violence in recent months, with the most recent killing taking place on Thursday at a popular shopping center in Villa Hermosa, where one man died.

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