Riot linked to El Chapo’s Sinaloa Cartel kills 11 on US-Mexico border

At least 11 people have died after a gang riot spilled onto the streets of Ciudad Juarez (Pictures: REUTERS / AFP)

A gang riot in a major city on the US-Mexico border has left at least 11 dead and many more wounded.

The Mexican government said the violence in Ciudad Juarez, which is just south of El Paso, Texas, was connected to Joaquín ‘El Chapo’ Guzmán’s Sinaloa Cartel.

The violence began during what authorities are a calling a ‘gang riot’ between two rival cartels in a border prison.

Ricardo Mejía Berdeja, Mexico’s undersecretary for security, said a group of Sinaloa cartel members were attacked by a rival gang, Los Mexicles, inside a prison around 1pm on Thursday.

Firefighters and police officers insert a hose inside a convenience store that was burned by unknown attackers in Ciudad Juarez (Picture: Reuters)

According to Berdeja, two people were Ki**ed by gunshots in the chaos. Twenty inmates were injured in the fight – four by gunshots and the rest by physical blows.

Mexican authorities were able to eventually get control over the situation inside the prison, but by that time the violence had spread out onto the streets.

‘This criminal group, Los Mexicles, began to carry out riot actions and attacks against the civilian population in Ciudad Juarez, resulting in nine deaths,’ Berdeja said.

Gang members outside the prison began shooting up and retaliating against local businesses.

Police officers stand outside a convenience store that was burned by unknown attackers in Ciudad Juarez, Mexico (Picture: Reuters)
A simultaneous attack of fires in different parts of Ciudad Juarez, Mexico, according to local media (Picture: Reuters)

Two women were Ki**ed and a third was wounded at an attack on a Juarez food shop. The store was then set on fire.

Another four people, employees of radio station MegaRadio, were shot to death outside a pizzeria. The radio workers were broadcasting a live promotional event at the store.

Governor of Chihuahua state Maru Campos called the attacks ‘heinous’.

‘Immediately, I ordered operatives to be deployed in the city,’ she said on . ‘The entire force of the state, together with the federal and municipal authorities, are focused on restoring order and peace.’

Security forces stand guard outside the Cereso number 3 state prison after a fight between imprisoned members of rival gangs in Ciudad Juarez (Picture: Reuters)

She added: ‘The people of Juarez are not alone.’

President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador said that ‘they attacked the civilian, innocent population like a sort of revenge’.

‘It wasn’t just the clash between two groups, but it got to the point in which they began to shoot civilians, innocent people,’ he said.

Guzmán is currently in the US for drug trafficking and money laundering charges.

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