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El Chapo’s fearsome Sinaloa Cartel is reportedly using children in their fight against the Mexican Army following the arrest of Ovidio Guzman, 32, the son of Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman on Thursday (January 5).

Unrest has ensued in the city of Culiacan where members of the Sinaloa cartel have reportedly opened fire on army personnel, grounded planes, and blockaded roads following Ovidio Guzman, also referred to as El Raton or The Mouse.

In videos posted to social media showing the mobilisation of the Sinaloa Cartel a young boy and girl can be seen holding firearms and wearing camo as they appear to be being readied to go into action.

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The conflict has left destruction in it’s wake in the northern city of Mexico with civilian deaths among the toll of those killed, with the number likely to rise as clashes continue.



The Mexican National Guard on standby for more conflict after Guzman’s arrest

Authorities revealed on Friday that ten army personnel and 19 suspected members of the Sinaloa cartel had been killed.

It has also been reported that the cartel targeted military and commercial airports in an attempt to stop the authorities from flying Guzman out of the city.

A commercial airliner was hit but was quickly returned to the terminal without anybody on board being injured.



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Children appear to have been recruited

Reports have suggested that Ovidio Guzman is currently being held at a maximum security federal prison called Almoloya near Toluca in central Mexico.

Guzman has been caught on the wrong side of the law in the past when he was indicted by the US for drug trafficking in 2018 as well as being arrested by members of the National Guard a year later.



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Guards are watching the prison

However, he was freed just hours after his initial arrest and one of the officers who arrested him was reportedly assassinated a month later.

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