A schoolboy as young as 14 was among six cartel hitmen who were caught in a major attack by army soldiers in Mexico.
Troops stormed into Sonora state and arrested the group of gunmen, which also included two other minors, aged 16 and 17, on Monday morning May 9.
The soldiers, from the SEDENA army, were on routine patrol when they noticed the assassins traveling in a convoy near the town of Puerto Libertad.
A high-speed chase took place after the hitmen tried to escape the area before the National Guard was called in as reinforcements, Borderlandbeat reports.
The men were then forced to surrender and found themselves in possession of nine firearms and nearly 1,400 cartridges.
It was reported that the armed gang had to be transferred to the Federal Attorney General’s (FGR) office to avoid a rescue attempt by his cartel members.
Sonora Governor Alfonso Durazo addressed the arrests at a press conference and said: “The Mexican military detained six young men in Pitiquito, 9 assault rifles, large caliber weapons, 63 magazines, 1,399 useful cartridges of different calibers, six tactical vests, bulletproof protectors and six vehicles, including one armored.
“The oldest of them is 31, followed by a 21-year-old, a 20-year-old, a 17-year-old, a 16-year-old and a 14-year-old accused carrying firearms, possession of cartridges with the aggravating factor of gangs and possibly organized crime”.
He added: “I want to share my concern because here as a society, as a family, as parents of families, we have a co-responsibility [in the crimes of the children].
“It is not necessary that young people, almost children, are already hooked by organized crime. That is why my concern [over this issue] was reiterated in virtually all of my press conferences.
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