The violence continued today in Mexico, where the country saw 40 people killed in drug-gang related violence in the last two days. An armed gang stormed a prison in Mazatlan, Sinaloa killing 18 prisoners from a rival gang. Another 11 prisoners were stabbed to death in another part of the same prison. Prison officials acknowledged that rival gang factions were to blame for the incident, specifically the Zeta cartel that calls the Mexican state of Sinaloa its home. There were no prison officials kiled but several were wounded trying to break up the fighting.
The Zeta cartel headed by Joaquin Guzman, also known as “Shorty, has been involved in numerous acts of violence as it attempts to control its human smuggling routes. Public officials, including the Governor of Sinaloa have complained of overcrowding in the prisons and fear that gang fighting would be exacerbated by the overcrowding. The prison killings bring the total dead to 40 in the last two days in Mexico.
Yesterday 12 Mexican police officials were ambushed in Michoacan and 3 others killed while riding in a car in Chihuahua. Just last Friday 40 individuals were killed in the country due to drug gang violence.