Crime and Violence

Sonora – Confrontations between two drug trafficking groups leaves seven dead

Seven people were killed during a confrontation between two armed groups early this morning in the municipality of Magdalena which is located in the northern zone of Sonora, 80 kilometers from the U.S border, according to the State Attorney General’s Office.

The agencies spokesperson, José Larrinaga Talamantes, indicated that the shooting occurred at 01:20 hours in the municipal center. A group of presumed drug traffickers were at the street crossing of Niños Héroes y José María Durazo when another group of armed persons arrived, at which point a shootout began leaving seven men dead, he said.

Elements of the State Police Investigation unit (PEI) recovered seven AK- 47 assault riffles, those known as cuerno de chivo (goat’s horn), a 12-mm caliber gun, and seven bulletproof vehicles.

He also mentioned that the deceased have yet to be identified because they were not caring any documentation.

In a similar manner, the State Police force of Nayarit reported that the altercation between presumed sicarios (hired assassins), which occurred between the avenues of Laureles and Góngora de Tepic, left a three dead and seven injured.

While most fled the scene, two gunmen died and two more were injured and detained as they attempted to flee. The event in question occurred at 12:00 hours when at least four armed men, driving in a gray van, confronted another group of presumed sicarios.

Of the bystanders injured, five out of seven are between the ages of 18 and 24 years old. Amongst them is Juan José Altamirano and his girlfriend Valeria Quiroga Mercado.


La Jornada en línea. “Balaceras entre grupos de sicarios en Sonora y Nayarit dejan 10 muertos.” La Jornada. February 01, 2010.

Notimex en Hermosillo. “Enfrentamiento entre grupos armados deja siete muertos en Sonora.” La Cronica.  February 01, 2010.

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