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Mexico sends in elite troops to patrol city after cartel battle

Mexico sends in elite troops to patrol city after cartel battle

22.10.2019

Mexico sends in elite troops to patrol city after cartel battle

Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador got some relief from criticism of his handling of the fight against drug cartels on Monday after ...

More than 400 soldiers turned up in Culiacan over the weekend after gunmen from the Sinaloa cartel briefly took control of the city and forced security forces to free the drug lord's son from a botched arrest attempt last week.

"We are going to protect the citizens, that is our mission," said General Carlos Ramon Carrillo de Villar, who oversaw formations of soldiers marching at a media event."We are fighting insecurity."

President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador has insisted the decision to release Ovidio Guzman was the only way to save lives after cartel henchmen erected roadblocks, torched trucks and opened fire with heavy, military-style weapons.

After a telephone call with US President Donald Trump over the weekend, Mexican Cabinet ministers met US Ambassador Christopher Landau to ask for help stemming the flow of weapons bought legally in the United States and sold to cartels south of the border.

"Arms trafficking is a significant problem and one the United States is addressing with renewed focus in Mexico," a State Department official said in response to a question from Reuters.

Lopez Obrador has faced heavy criticism for the handling of the raid, which critics say looked like a capitulation to criminals and risked encouraging cartels to use more force to resist arrests.

"Not just the criminals, who are also human beings, the soldiers, who we must protect," he said,"but (also) civilians."

Mexican authorities opened some 2,403 murder investigations, in the month, a decline of 7 per cent from the same month in 2018 and the lowest monthly total since April, according to government figures. The months of July through September were the three most violent in 2018.

A separate survey by polling firm GCE put the numbers at 54 per cent-34 per cent against letting him go. Both surveyed 400 people.

Read more: CNA

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