Hitmen from a Mexican drug cartel carried out an ISIS-style execution on a rival after filming him “confessing” for his “sins.”
In what was described as an escalation of cartel violence in the Michoacán state, members of the Viagras cartel posted a beheading video to social media and issued a warning to a rival gang, the Jalisco New Generation Cartel (CJNG).
The rival hitman who was executed by the cartel claimed to be the brother of CJNG cartel member Juan Carlos Márquez Pérez, known as El Duende, who was arrested several years ago.
Footage posted to social media by the cartel shows the brother of El Duende being held over a block of wood and his head being cut off with a carving knife, in an execution that took place last Thursday.
It was an unusual move for the drug cartel. “This execution video is definitely out of character for the Viagras and appears to be an escalation in their use of violence [against] the CJNG cartel,” security analyst Robert Bunker told The Daily Beast an interview.