Civil War In Ecuador As Cartel Gunmen Take Over TV Station, Fighting Breaks Out in Streets

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The president of Ecuador, who proclaimed a state of “internal armed conflict” and ordered the army onto the streets, now appears to be undergoing a full blown a “civil war” against cartel criminals in the country.

The cities of the South American nation have been beset by irrational criminals since President Daniel Noboa, 36, declared a state of emergency earlier today.

Today, a state television news studio was stormed by hooded thugs, a university was attacked, and prisoners reportedly executed jail officers.

A string of assaults, including explosions and the abduction of multiple police officers, have rattled Ecuador since the government declared a state of emergency following the release from prison of a powerful gang leader.

The commander of the Los Choneros gang, Adolfo ‘Fito’ Macías, 44, was reported missing from his low security prison cell on Sunday, the very day he was scheduled to be transferred to a maximum security facility.

Macías and Fabricio Colon Pico, the commander of Los Lobos, are the subjects of an ongoing manhunt. Colon Pico, who was apprehended last Friday on suspicion of conspiring to assassinate Ecuador’s attorney general, also escaped prison on Tuesday.

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