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Video Shows Cartel Assassins Training to Fight Inside Close Quarters

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Men who appear on video conducting a close quarters combat drill are assassins from a Mexican criminal group, according to a writer who tracks cartel activity.

“Assassins from the Jalisco New Generation Cartel (CJNG) find themselves conducting Close Quarters Battle (CQB) training inside a structure,” noted the writer, “Sol Prendido,” when describing the video he posted in an article for Borderland Beat. 

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“The sweep through every room is fast-paced and decisive,” Prendido wrote. “Each man is committed to their primary sector of fire inside the building.” 

The video was posted on the same day the outlet reported that hitmen from the rival Sinaloa Cartel had tortured and killed a man, and left his body hanging from a tree alongside a narco-note.

The Jalisco-based CJNG previously was known as Los Mata Zetas. The group is believed to be one of the most violent criminal organizations inside Mexico, with its own special operations group and other specialities. It is said to be in conflict with several rival organizations inside the country, including the Sinaloa cartel.

The men in the video drill appear to be training in four-member squads, while Tití Me Preguntó, a popular song by Bad Bunny, plays in the background.

The drill does not look professional, Prendido noted. But, he added: “That doesn’t take away from the fact that through enough trial and error, they will go on to be an effective fighting force once they put those skills to use.”

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