Armed attacks in Mexico's Sinaloa state kill 16

Notorious Mexican drug lord Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman's home state saw more violence on Thursday (June 25).

Crime-plagued Sinaloa saw two armed attacks.

Sixteen people were killed.

Security forces found the bodies of seven supposed cartel hitmen on a dirt road, strewn next to a bullet-riddled pickup truck.

They appeared to be the victims of a shootout.

A separate attack on a small town saw another nine fatalities.

Here's Colonel Cristobal Castaneda, the minister for public security for Sinaloa:

"We went to crime scene, nine bodies were located. Two of them were not known to the area, one of them was in fatigues and had an AK-47. The other had a black t-shirt and blue trousers. The other seven people were neighbors in the area. We have their names and given the situation these are being witheld under the law."

The area is the stamping ground of El Chapo's Sinaloa Cartel, which often engages in deadly battles for territory with rival drug gangs.

Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador assumed the presidency in December 2018.

He pledged to pacify the country with a less confrontational approach to security, but violence has continued to rise, and murders hit an all-time peak last year.