At this point the version of the number of dead fluctuate among media sources but it appears that a confrontation did occur and possibly some sicario plaza bosses were captured, some military and police killed, and possibly even a helicopter was taken down. Some sources however have said that unknown government official have denied any aircraft down in the area during the confrontation.
The Attorney General's Office confirmed that an element of the Ministry of Defence and a member of the municipal police were killed in the clash. The AG also reported that five gunmen were killed.
In another front Eleazar Rubio, Mayor of El Fuerte, said that in this conflict there was a report of at least 30 people killed, and that figure could increase to 50 victims. He also hinted to the report of a SEDENA helicopter that was shot down by gunmen.
The confusion gets worst because of the remoteness of the scene and authorities have not released an official report. There is also an unofficially reported of the downing of a helicopter without specifying to which agency the aircraft belongs to.
It has also been suggested that the report of the 40 killed was a ruse used by the same criminals to trick the military forces to enter the region where the commando has their influence of control, and when the military arrived to the point, they were ambushed by heavily armed sicarios.
A report indicated that the Mexican marines and military from Mochis participated in the confrontation.
It was reported that auhtorities seizes 3 trucks, one armored Hummer cloned to look like a military unit. Along with two Chevrolet trucks, type Cheyenne, also cloned, one with logos of the State Preventive Police and the other insigina of the Federal Preventive Police.
There is talk about 40 killed in confrontation and ambush
The story says that a Mexican army pilot and a police officer were killed from the ambush staged by sicarioss against military and police authorities, which occurred between the towns of El Fuerte and Choix, in the most inhospitable mountains of Sinaloa.
Some sources have reported that the attack that presumably came after a shootout between criminal groups left at least 40 casualties during the first few minutes of Saturday.
An anonymous report via telephone by funeral homes in the municipalities in Choix and El Fuerte talked about the existence of at least thirty victims of members of two rival gangs and federal forces, but so far that information has not been confirmed by authorities at any level of government.
After learning of the shootout, military troops from Sinaloa and Chihuahua, as well as federal police moved into the area nestled in the mountains of Sinaloa, where they were ambushed by the criminals who managed to kill a municipal policeman. The soldiers were attacked by gunmen in the town of Choix, Sinaloa, in the early hours of Saturday. The gunmen were waiting for the soldiers between the towns of San Simon and Potrero de Los Fierros.
It is said that a military helicopter went down in support of the wounded officer and a pilot was shot by the sicarios, who died in a hospital while receiving medical attention.
At present the area of remote mountains in this part of Sinaloa where the confrontations and the ambush occurred are being combed by hundreds of troops and police, who due to an unsafe situation have not allowed media sources to enter the area and who remain outside the perimeter of the police line for their own safety.
El Chapo Isidro Falls?
There is talk of the possible capture of Fausto Isidro Meza Flores "El Chapo Isidro" who is plaza boss of Guasave, Sinaloa, according to sources in Sinaloa.
He mainly operates in Guasave and surrounding villages and is said to be a member of the cartel of Beltran-Leyva.
His group is one that was behind the shootout in "El Burrion" where they confronted a group of Chapo Guzman and El Mayo.
The group also participated in a shootout in Tubutama, Sonora, where they eliminated a group of the Sinaloa Cartel "Anthrax."
This group also was responsible for the murder of "Rey Castro" one of the leaders of the Sinaloa cartel, the same one that had killed the singer Sergio Vega.
His sicarios also ambushed a group of judicial police where they managed to kill 7 of them.
This group is also responsible for the ambush of the escort for the Secretary of Public Safety Sinaloa, where 11 elements of the PEP and one civilian were killed.
This group also placed narco banners (mantas) around Sinaloa against the governor "Malova."
Sources: Debate, Noroeste