Juanito Pistola, also known as Commander Little, was inside a van with members of Hell’s Troop on Tuesday when they were ordered to ambush police in the town of Nuevo Laredo, a smuggling gateway.
At around noon, Pistola and six others, armed with rifles and dressed in military fatigues, travelled in the van with Texas license plates and engaged the police in a gun battle close to the airport.
High calibre rounds tore through their bodies and pictures of the aftermath showed Pistola’s head taken clean off and the blood-soaked corpses of his comrades.
Juanito Pistola’s headless corpse lies upright beside the window, while other dead members of Hell’s Troop are slumped across the back seats covered in blood after the shoot-out.
Another four members of Hell’s Troop, a wing of the notorious Northeast Cartel (CDN), were killed in clashes with police in the town, Vanguardia reported.
Local media said that the vehicle Pistola died in had been used in an attack on the police several days before in a different part of the city.
According to reports, cartels often recruit minors to mainly work as drug smugglers and Pistola was once arrested by police in 2015.
Social media videos and narco-rap songs refer to Pistola as being a hitman in the ranks of the CDN since he was just 13.
The CDN, formerly Los Zetas, have controlled the town since 2004 when they took it from the Sinola cartel in a bloody turf war which claimed at least 2,000 lives.
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