The drug war between the cartels sees houses and cars burn as the city is gripped by 24 hours of chaos

Fires raged through terrified neighborhoods as a bitter drug war between two rival cartels spiraled out of control for 24 hours.

Residents of Mexico’s Colima state were rocked this week as homes and cars were set on fire after being targeted by gang members, with several incidents of gunfire also being heard.

This comes as the Jalisco New Generation Cartel (CJNG) and Los Mezcales engage in increasingly violent clashes to establish their dominance over the drug trade in the region.

The dramatic scenes began on Sunday night when a Molotov cocktail was thrown at a truck in the Lagunas neighborhood north of Villalva, causing the vehicle to explode.

Violence between the CJNG and Los Mezcales cartels has increased in recent weeks

Later that night, a man was injured by shrapnel when gunmen on motorbikes began shooting in the Alfredo V Bonfil neighborhood in Villa de Álvarez.

A “threatening” message was also discovered at the scene after the attack.

Following this incident, a building complex in the nearby neighborhood of Burócratas was set on fire in the early hours of Monday morning.

In the morning, two vehicles were then set on fire in the La Haciendita neighborhood of Villa de Álvarez, as well as in Comala.

At least 22 murders were recorded in Colima state last week
At least 22 murders were recorded in Colima state last week

South American news site Infobae said on Tuesday February 15 that at least 22 murders were recorded in Colima state last week in a wave of horror and violence linked to the war on drugs.

The area is of strategic importance to warring groups as it is commonly used as a drug smuggling route to the United States.

Disastrous and bloody scenes on the streets in recent weeks and months marked a rocky start to the premiership of Governor Indira Vizcaíno, who became the youngest state president in all of Mexico in November 2021.

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