Guasave, Sinaloa.- She was walking down the side street to the primary school carrying a returnable soft drink container and was heading to the store when she saw a white double cab truck in front of her, parked right in a grocery store, and expressed “Aaaay, I thought it was the hitmen!,” said a 7-year-old girl.
Dressed in a striped blouse, denim shorts and sandals, the infant was one of the students from the Xicoténcatl elementary school who was evacuated after detonations of bullets that shook fear in the community.
As soon as he confirmed that it was not about them, he continued on his way and when he saw the curtain of the closed store, he went back, moving his hair tail and returned to the road.
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A few meters from her was a group of young people from the Mexican Army who, free of hoods and weapons, took some time to eat and drink soft drinks, this to reduce the 36-degree temperature and several hours of staying under the sun, in the intense operation that stemmed from a shootout between Gambino 2 and Gambino 1 near the school.
It’s past 3:00 p.m. and the blockade continues, and while the security relaxes by dispersing in different parts of the community looking for the shelter and shade of a tree, the groups are small, between three and four begin to share the refreshment of cola, tamales and fried foods, while others circulate in search of the store but the town seems to be a ‘ghost’. “It’s better to close, there’s no point,” said a shopkeeper as she sold some potato chips through the front door.
Of the few who circulate through the cobbled streets, when asked about the house in question, they say they don’t even know why they get involved. “You can already imagine what there may be”, and continue on their way.
Today the activities were paralyzed in Gambino, a community located on the side of the Guasave-Estación Bamoa state highway, between Nío and Orba, Bamoa, with more than 1,090 inhabitants, who this day due to insecurity remained behind closed doors.
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12.1 kilometers from Guasave, heading southeast, is the concentration point of the Army and National Guard, when implementing an operation made up of more than 20 units and around 100 elements.