Boy, 14, among dead cartel gunmen as child soldiers protect El Chapos son

A 14-year-old boy was among the 10 cartel gunmen killed trying to prevent El Chapo's son from getting arrest.

The "child soldier" was wearing tactical clothing and a breast plate and hailed originally from the Mexican municipality of Paredones.

He lost his life as members of the Mexican Army and the National Guard carried out an operation to capture Ovidio Guzman Lopez – the 32-year-old drug lord and offspring of the notorious Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman, who was once the most wanted man in the world before his arrest in 2016 and is now serving a life sentence behind bars.

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The bodies of the 10 people killed have now been handed over to their families, according to news blog Borderland Beat.

All of them were wearing military-style clothing and tactical equipment at the time of their deaths during the gunfight in Jesus Maria.

The identity of the minor has not been revealed but the 10 victims have been listed as Jesus N, Jesus Antonio B, Jose Antonio R, Eduardo B, Andry Roberto, Adrian Alonso, Raul, Mauricio Jesus S, Rey Miguel and Juan Alberto.

Further media reports in Mexico, meanwhile, have claimed that Griselda Lopez Perez, Ovidio's mother, is covering the funeral expenses of those left deceased in the battle to rescue her son.

All were part of El Chapo's fearsome Sinaloa Cartel and had opened fire in the city of Culiacan on those who had captured Ovidio, who also goes by the name of El Raton or The Mouse.

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Videos posted on social media had previously shown a young boy and girl holding firearms and wearing camo as they appear to be getting readied to go into action by the Sinaloa Cartel.

There were also reports that the cartel targeted military and commercial airports in an attempt to stop the authorities from flying Ovidio out of the city.

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

It is believed that Ovidio is now being held at a maximum security federal prison called Almoloya near Toluca in central Mexico.


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