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Attack on drug cartels unleashes havoc in two Mexican states

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Suspected members of the drug cartel rampaged in Mexico and set fire to vehicles after a military operation aimed at an apparent meeting of gang bosses, authorities said on Wednesday.

A suspected criminal was killed and several arrested after Tuesday night’s chaos in Jalisco and Guanajuato, two of Mexico’s most violent states, officials said.

“Apparently there was a meeting, a meeting of two gangs,” President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador told reporters.

Troops arrived, leading to clashes and the arrest of cartel figures at the meeting, he said, without naming them.

Burnt-out vehicles blocked highways in Jalisco – a tactic used by criminal groups to avoid the capture of their members and the arrival of security reinforcements.

Footage from surveillance cameras showed gunmen forcing a driver out of his car before setting it on fire near the city of Guadalajara, a stronghold of the powerful Jalisco New Generation Cartel.

The incidents prompted the US consulate in Guadalajara to issue a security alert warning US citizens in the area to seek shelter.

It’s not the first time members of the drug cartel have wreaked havoc in retaliation for military operations against them.

In 2019, cartel members, angered by the arrest of the son of notorious drug lord Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman, launched a massive attack in the northwestern city of Culiacan, prompting security forces to release him.

In March, security forces clashed in the northeastern city of Nuevo Laredo after the arrest of a suspected drug lord who was quickly extradited to the United States.

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