The armored car in which the Mexico City police chief and his bodyguards followed was attacked in one of the capital’s wealthy neighborhoods: another car blocked his way, while a group of men with heavy caliber weapons fired. Another police car arrived quickly, but the attackers managed to escape, leaving behind the bullet-ridden armored vehicle.
The target of the attack was Omar García Harfuch, who was hit in the shoulder, collarbone and knee, but survived. Two of his bodyguards were killed in the attack, and a 26-year-old woman who was driving with family members was also shot and killed. The scene of the attack was the chic neighborhood of Lomas de Chapultepec, where many wealthy families live and even residences of ambassadors.
Hours after the attack, in the early hours of Friday, García Harfuch published on Twitter an accusation against the Jalisco Nova Geração Cartel, probably the most powerful in the country, which he blamed for the “cowardly” attack.
The diary The country says that this attack in a prime area of the capital shows the weakness of the authorities. Specialist Gladys McCormick of the University of Syracuse in New York commented to Reuters that this is proof that “no one is safe” from attempts by the criminal group to attack. McCormick has no doubts about the authorship of the attack, which follows the modus operandi of the Jalisco Nova Geração group “to detail”.
Led by a former policeman, Nemesio Oseguera Cervantes, known as “El Mencho” – classified in March as America’s No. 1 enemy – the group uses violence as a method of expansion and control, murdering state police officers, security forces , army – one of his spectacular blows was when he shot down a helicopter with an RPG (launched by rocket) five years ago.
The group took advantage of a gap in the synthetic drugs market, and it grew as other rivals weakened, such as the Sinaloa cartel of “El Chapo”, which was last arrested in 2015, extradited to the USA and unable to escape. as before, he was tried and, last year, convicted.
But this bold attack in the heart of Mexico City is an escalation.
The President, Andrés Manuel López Obrador, and the Mayor of the capital, Claudia Sheinbaum, argue that it is proof of the pressure that drug cartels are under.
The Jalisco cartel has been the target of two recent coups. At the beginning of the month, the Spanish daily tells The country, Mexican financial authorities froze almost 2000 accounts linked to the group, after detecting movements of around 20 million pesos, more than 800 thousand euros. And in March, an operation led by US anti-trafficking forces led to the detention in the USA of more than 600 people, the seizure of 20 thousand kilograms of drugs and a further 22 million dollars (19.6 million euros) .
López Obrador took office just over a year and a half ago, promising to pacify Mexico, but the number of homicides increased last year, and the trend showed no signs of abating this year. This attack, says Reuters, was the latest in a series of security breaches that have left doubts about the President’s ability to control gang violence.
Although the perpetrators of the attack managed to escape, several suspects were later arrested, some in neighboring states, including the man who allegedly planned the attack.
Before leading the police in the capital, Omar García Harfuch worked in the investigative police where he was in charge of capturing several important cartel names, such as one of the closest men to “El Chapo”, known as “El Licenciado”. In 2019, Harfuch was moved to the capital, where violence linked to drug groups was beginning to show, and since then his strength has led to several arrests.
The mayor linked the attack to these arrests of members of other drug groups. But much points to Mexico’s most violent and powerful cartel, and the daily The country he also points out that the García Harfuch team passed on information about cartels beyond the capital, including that of Jalisco.
News corrected on 28.6.2020: 20 million Mexican pesos is approximately 800 thousand euros and not 800 million as was wrongly mentioned.