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19 Dead, Cartel Kingpin Escapes After Armed Attack On Mexico Prison

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Authorities reported that a prison attack in Juarez, Mexico, left 19 people dead and allowed a cartel boss and twenty other inmates to escape. Defense Minister Luis Cresencio Sandoval claimed at a news conference that an armed gang attacked the prison and the municipal police station practically simultaneously while riding in armored vehicles.

Authorities claimed that the incident on Sunday morning happened as people were getting ready to visit on New Year’s Day. At first, they claimed that at least 14 people had died, but by Monday, according to Sandoval, the death toll had increased to 19—10 guards, seven prisoners, and two attackers. Ernesto Alfredo Pinon de la Cruz, also known as “El Neto,” was one of the 25 prisoners who escaped due to the assault. Security Minister Rosa Icela Rodriguez stated during the press conference that Pinon is a key gunman for the “Los Mexicles” cartel, which has its headquarters in Juarez.

To keep the turmoil under control, federal authorities were called. According to Rodriguez, who criticized the Chihuahua state administration, they later discovered a “VIP zone” with drugs and cash within the state-run prison.

“That’s the state’s responsibility, because federal authorities can’t intervene in these places,” Rodriguez said. She continued by saying state officials had not asked that any violent inmates, like “El Neto,” be moved from the overcrowded prison to a higher-security facility.

State officials will “completely clean out the penal system in reaction to the attack,” according to state prosecutor Roberto Javier Duarte, who also promised that those found guilty of corruption would face legal action. One of the most significant attacks against Mexican prisons in recent years occurred on Sunday due to the incident.

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