This is the terrifying moment a drug cartel used drones to drop explosives on unsuspecting inhabitants in the forests of Tepalcatepec, Mexico, in the latest demonstration of unchecked violence in the region. 

People were sent running for their lives on Monday as the drones, controlled by the Jalisco New Generation Cartel (CJNG), soared over their shacks before raining down explosives on the forest floor in the state of Michoacan. 

The shocking footage shows an aerial view of a dense jungle where a blue tarpaulin is hung up covering a series of what appear to be makeshift shacks or huts.

The ruthless cartel has now bombed at least two towns in the city of Tepalcatepec

Seconds later, a bomb explodes and a number of people can be seen scrambling away from the blast in search of safety as coils of smoke begin to rise from the forest floor.

The drone then lets loose more explosives on the survivors before being shot down by the forest’s inhabitants. 

The attack represents the latest in a series of brutal assaults on the population of Michoacan which has played host to escalating violence, mostly attributed to the CJNG.

The footage from Monday’s attack emerged just weeks after the nearby city of Chinicuila in Michoacan reported that roughly half of its population fled, many illegally into the US, to escape the cartel’s violence.

Drones were also used in the December attacks in Chinicuila which led to the mass exodus of civilians and police officers alike.

According to local reports, the cartel has now bombed at least two towns in the city of Tepalcatepec.

The gang reportedly started attacking the towns of El Bejuco and La Romera on Monday morning in a brutal attempt to take control of the city.

The heavily armed cartel stepped up the strikes on Tuesday and moved in with drones, dropping a series of bombs on a rival camp.

Disturbing footage shared online shows a blue tent in a woodland area being repeatedly bombed as dozens of people rush to escape the attack.

The minute-long clip appears to show the camp being struck at least four time by the gangsters.

After declaring war on their rivals — including old masters in El Chapo’s Sinaloa Cartel — the cartel began a hostile takeover of Mexico’s drug industry.


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