Authorities in northern Mexico say they’ve destroyed 14 selfmade armored vehicles of the sort utilized by drug cartels to combat land battles
MEXICO CITY — Authorities in northern Mexico stated Sunday they’ve destroyed 14 selfmade armored vehicles of the sort utilized by drug cartels to combat land battles.
The autos are often tailored from industrial vehicles, with metal plate armor welded on. Recognized in Mexico as “monstruos,” or “Monsters,” a few of the autos junked have been actually monstrous.
Many had thick metal ramming prows welded to the entrance. Others had firing ports and gun turrets. Not less than one was painted in inexperienced camouflage to resemble a Mexican military automobile.
Video distributed by the federal lawyer basic’s workplace confirmed a crane with a claw ripping one of many autos aside in Tamaulipas state.
The state, which borders Texas, is house to at the least two warring drug cartels, the Northeast and Gulf cartels. Prosecutors didn’t say which gang the autos belonged to or after they have been seized.
Whereas such autos seem intimidating, they’ve proved susceptible in observe. As a result of the metal armor provides a lot weight, they are typically sluggish, unwieldy and infrequently break down. Simple to identify, in addition they look like susceptible to incendiary units or munitions. Many are discovered burned.
Their use illustrates the lengths Mexican cartels have gone to combat rivals and authorities. The cartels’ weapons additionally embrace improvised explosive units and bomb-dropping drones.