Newly released video footage from a Mexican hospital appears to show a heavily armed cartel hit squad dragging a patient out of the building.
Police say the patient was later found dismembered.
This is just one of many incidents in a string of horrific incidents that involve the Mexican drug cartels.
The incident, which took place on November 21, occurred at the General Hospital of Salvatierra, which is located about 160 miles northwest of Mexico City.
Terrifying moment assault rifle-wielding cartel hitmen storm Mexican hospital to kidnap patient, who was later found dismembered https://t.co/HZQbytXpdG
— The Sun (@TheSun) December 2, 2019
According to Fox News,
“in video footage obtained by Mexican news agency Aristegui Noticias, more than a half-dozen armed men can be seen entering a wing of the hospital and searching rooms while a member of the crew holds a security guard at gunpoint.”
In the footage the armed hitmen can be seen moving from room to room with the security guard held at gun point until they finally find the man they were in search of.
After finding their victim, they pulled the victim from his room and carried him out of the building.
One of the armed men can be seen pulling the security guard backwards towards the door when the man trips and falls into the doorway. The gunman releases him and follows after the others.
Sources have indicated that the hit squad also took the cell phones of others working in the hospital in order to prevent them from calling the authorities.
According to the Daily Mail,
“just hours later, police were summoned to a roundabout on Torress Landa where [parts of] the dismembered body of a man was found placed on white sheet, along with a message written on a cardboard square. What the message specifically said hasn’t been released by authorities, but the man was confirmed to be the patient taken from the hospital in Salvatierra.”
The man’s identity has yet to be released by authorities. It is also unknown why he may have been targeted and slaughtered in such a manner- reports indicate the mans body parts were strewn along the roadside. It is also unknown who the armed men are, but this is not the first incident of armed men storming hospitals in Mexico.
As reported by Fox News, “armed men stormed two other hospitals last month in Juventino Rosas and Apaseo el Grande, where they kidnapped and killed male patients who had been admitted with gunshot wounds.”
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In these incidents, sources say that the armed gunmen entered those hospitals and opened fire. A man was also kidnapped and later killed in one of these attacks, another by the name of Julio Cesar was critically injured, but did survive the attacks.
In a statement released by State Security Commissioner, Sophia Huett explained
“that no medical staff were injured in any of the incidents, as the attacks were ‘very targeted’.”
This particular region of Guanajuato Mexico has seen some very bloody days recently with an ongoing feud between two warring drug cartel gangs, the Santa Rosa de Lima Cartel and the Jalisco Cartel.
The Daily Mail reported, “On Wednesday 27, Mexican authorities responded to the three hospital sieges with raids on various homes said to be used by the cartel as safe houses.”
In response to the efforts made by the authorities’ gang members blocked streets with large vehicles and began to set them ablaze to dissuade the authorities to conduct further action against them.
In just over a week the region of Guanajuato, Mexico has seen thirty-seven homicides.
President @realDonaldTrump tells me he is 90 days into the process of designating Mexican drug cartels as Foreign Terrorist Organizations – which would give US forces more leverage in taking them out. pic.twitter.com/ewSJMkt6rr
— Bill O'Reilly (@BillOReilly) November 27, 2019
President Donald Trump spoke with Bill O’Reilly recently about designating Mexican Drug Cartels as Foreign Terrorist Organizations. Mexico’s president has continued to refuse support offered by the United States in combating these cartels.
This news comes on the heels of recent cartel violence in border cities.
An eruption of violence in Villa Union by cartel members claimed the lives of four police officers, leaving a total death toll at 21.
Fox has reported that the deadly firefight took place on Saturday afternoon and lasted approximately an hour.
Coahuila state Gov. Miguel Angel Riquelme told local news outlets that suspected cartel members engaged in the gun battle in the small town of Villa Union, approximately an hour south of the Texas border.
During the exchange of fire, Riquelme says that seventeen members of the deadly gang were killed, but four Mexican police officers also perished in the fight.
Mexican officials say security forces have killed seven more members of the gang that attacked a town near the U.S. border, bringing the overall death toll to at least 21. https://t.co/lAS7ZK7mlG
— The Associated Press (@AP) December 1, 2019
He says that several municipal workers are also missing after the chaos.
Authorities said that the incident began after members of the local cartel allegedly stormed into the small town of 3,000 residents in a convoy of trucks. During the onslaught, they reportedly attacked local government offices, prompting a federal response from Mexican officials.
Ten cartel members were originally part of the death toll, but as Riquelme said more information poured in, it appeared that another seven had perished in the fight.
The assault happened just days after President Trump announced that he was moving to label members of Mexican drug cartels as terrorists.
Images from the scene showed the carnage, with vehicles shot up and burned, and hundreds of bullet holes pierced into the side of local municipal buildings.
Reports said that videos and pictures from the scene began popping up on social media after Mexican officials decided to take back the town. Recent violence from cartel groups have not prompted decisive forceful reactions from the Mexican government.
At least 17 suspected cartel gunmen and 4 police were killed during shootouts over the weekend in a Mexican town near the US border. https://t.co/uzq09z9hm5
— NBC News (@NBCNews) December 1, 2019
The Mexican government additionally noted that security forces would remain inside the small border city in the days after the violent outbreak.
“These groups won’t be allowed to enter state territory,” the government of Coahuila said in a statement.
Officials estimated that so far in 2019, the country has seen 29,414 homicides — up from last year’s numbers of 28,869 over the same period.
From police officers being assassinated in broad daylight for trying to take down drug kingpins, to seeing all out war break out into the street between the country’s military and drug running thugs, all the way to military bases having severed body parts delivered in bags to their entry ports.
Overall, if we had that going on in our country, we’d likely call it terrorism, and that is what Trump is considering labeling the cartel as. If you think people were offended, you’d be correct.
Mexico City announced efforts to have a “meeting” with U.S. officials after President Donald Trump’s recent announcement to designate some cartels as Foreign Terrorist Organizations. In a drafted statement issued by Mexico’s Foreign Relations Ministry, officials reached out to their U.S. counterparts to explore the consequences that terrorist designations would entail.
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