One of the world’s most violent drug cartels injured two Mexican Army soldiers by using drones to drop explosives on them. The drone attack comes as two main drug cartels fight for control of Michoacan’s drug production territories and drug trafficking routes.
The drone attack took place near the town of Tepalcatepec, a region where gunmen from an alliance of local cartels and self-defense groups called Carteles Unidos have been fighting to keep out gunmen from Cartel Jalisco New Generation (CJNG).
According to information released by Michoacan state authorities, police arrested two men in connection with the case. While authorities did confirm that two soldiers were injured in the explosion, they have tried to avoid officially confirming the drone attack. They also denied other confrontations in the region.
Al momento hay dos detenidos probablemente relacionados con estos hechos. Dos militares están heridos, quienes recibien atención médica. Los tres órdenes de gobierno exhortan a la ciudadanía a denunciar cualquier actividad delictiva al 9-1-1 y 089. #HonestidadyTrabajo pic.twitter.com/yF5NNSLF9X
— SSP MICHOACÁN (@SSeguridad_Mich) January 30, 2022
The soldiers attempted to take over some roadblocks set up along some of the main roads in the region. The soldiers removed the roadblock but then CJNG gunmen began dropping IEDs on them, military sources revealed to Breitbart Texas.
Additional conflicts took place in the towns nearby where locals tried to run off military forces by throwing rocks at them and trying to physically assault them. A video from the event captured the action as soldiers resort to throwing rocks in an attempt to keep the locals back.
Profunda tristeza ver cómo mi ejército @EJTO_FAM_GN se defiende a pedradas en el Bejuco de Tepalcatepec. Lo lamento mucho ! @GN_MEXICO_ @CarlosLoret @exeni @lalaurismarin @YareriSanch @ClaudioOchoaH @RAFAELCORTES1 pic.twitter.com/zimqxvBUH7
— IGNACIOMARTINEZ (@IGNACIOMTZ) January 30, 2022
Through social media accounts, some of the locals claimed the military attacked them.
— notiirealidad urbana Lp (@lp_chingonas) January 30, 2022
The clashing with cartel gunmen and the civil unrest comes in the middle of the cartel turf war at a time when Mexico’s government is claiming that violence is decreasing.
Editor’s Note: Breitbart Texas traveled to the Mexican States of Tamaulipas, Coahuila, Nuevo León, and other areas to recruit citizen journalists willing to risk their lives and expose the cartels silencing their communities. Breitbart Texas’ Cartel Chronicles are published in both English and in their original Spanish. This article was written by Jose Luis Lara, a former leading member who helped start the Self-Defense Movement in Michoacán.