The attackers used grenades and a .50-caliber sniper rifle to assault the chief’s armored automobile early Friday and killed two of the his bodyguards and a lady driving by. Police chief Omar García Harfuch was shot within the shoulder, collar bone and the knee however was reported out of hazard.
He referred to as the assault “cowardly” and blamed it on the Jalisco cartel, which has established a virtually nationwide presence, from the white-sand seashores of Cancun to Mexico Metropolis and the nation’s most necessary ports, in addition to in key border cities historically managed by different cartels.
Cops who converged on the scene on the capital’s iconic Paseo de la Reforma boulevard within the upscale Lomas neighborhood rounded up a dozen of the shooters, who have been hauled off for questioning, authorities mentioned.
Later Friday, capital police arrested an alleged head of Jalisco New Era hitmen, suggesting he might have been the mastermind of the assault, mentioned a Mexico Metropolis police official who was not licensed to be quoted by title.
The official mentioned police arrested José Armando Briseño on the east facet of the town. Nicknamed “Cow,” he’s allegedly the gang’s chief of hitmen within the metropolis of Tonalá inJalisco.
The assault on the police chief was meticulously deliberate and concerned a complete of 28 gunmen employed three weeks earlier than, mentioned Ulises Lara, the spokesman for the Mexico Metropolis prosecutors workplace. Three separate potential ambush factors have been arrange on main thoroughfares, together with one — which wasn’t used — within the coronary heart of Mexico Metropolis, one block from the Independence Monument.
The gunmen have been divided into 4 completely different cells, and so they obtained ski masks and weapons Thursday evening. They have been taken to the ambush factors at four a.m. to lie in wait for his or her goal. They jumped from a truck and opened fireplace when Garcia’s convoy tried to go.
Lara mentioned that of the suspects detained, one is Colombian and the opposite 11 are Mexicans from the capital and 5 states — Jalisco, Guerrero, Nayarit, Chihuahua and Michoacan.
It was the second high-profile assault simply this month, following the taking pictures loss of life of a federal choose and his spouse, bringing uncomfortable comparisons to Colombia’s drug wars of the 1980s and ‘90s by which drug traffickers routinely focused judges and police for assassination.
Mexico focused and dismantled the Zetas cartel after it killed migrants, unsuspecting residents and officers from 2010 to 2013. Nevertheless it stays to be seen whether or not the federal government will go after the Jalisco cartel they method it did the Zetas.
“In the event that they (Jalisco) usually are not made a precedence goal after this, I don’t know what is occurring, one thing is unsuitable with the technique” of the federal government, mentioned safety analyst Alejandro Hope.
With the Zetas, Mexico used elite navy models and labored carefully with america to go after the cartel. However now, amid finances cuts and President Andrés Manuel López Obrador’s coverage of indirectly confronting the cartels, it’s unclear whether or not the federal government has the desire or potential to battle Jalisco, particularly in the midst of the coronavirus pandemic.
“This type of assault just isn’t regular, they crossed a line. It’s a must to learn it like an distinctive act,” mentioned Hope. “You will have two very severe assaults in two weeks.”
Federal Safety Secretary Alfonso Durazo mentioned Mexico’s intelligence company apparently had info that Jalisco New Era was planning an assault, however didn’t supply extra particulars.
It was unclear whether or not the assault was associated to latest crackdowns on Jalisco-affiliated gangs in Mexico Metropolis or to the police chief’s earlier work in federal investigations.
García, 37, is a former head of the Federal Police investigation division and in 2016-2019 he led the department of the federal Lawyer Basic’s Workplace that oversees investigations and arrests of organized crime members. Earlier than being named Mexico Metropolis police chief, he spent a number of months because the mayor’s intelligence coordinator.
Jalisco is identical gang that U.S. prosecutors mentioned tried to purchase belt-fed M-60 machine weapons in america and that when shot down a Mexican navy helicopter with a rocket-propelled grenade. In October, the cartel’s gunmen ambushed and killed 14 state cops in Michoacan.
Friday’s assault got here two weeks after rumors swirled for a day that Jalisco’s chief, Nemesio Oseguera Cervantes, higher referred to as “El Mencho,” had been captured or killed — although officers later denied that. Oseguera is the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration’s most-wanted fugitive, with a $10 million value on his head.
In March, U.S. authorities arrested a whole bunch of Jalisco operatives in raids throughout america. They mentioned the gang controls between one-third and two-thirds of the U.S. drug market.
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