The Mexico City Police Chief’s SUV was intercepted by drug criminals. Omar García Harfuch survived the attack injured.
- The chief of police of Mexico City was injured in an attack.
- Two of his bodyguards were killed.
- Omar García Harfuch beschuldigt das Drogenkartell Jalisco Nueva Generacion.
- There were 12 arrests.
The chief of police of Mexico City was injured in an attack. The 38-year-old Omar García Harfuch is out of danger in hospital, tweeted Mayor Claudia Sheinbaum.
«We were cowardly attacked by the CJNG cartel. I got three gunshot wounds and several fragments. Two of my friends were killed, »said Harfuch himself a little later. The dead are two bodyguards of the police chief.
Cartridge cases testify to the violence of the attack
The attack occurred early in the morning in the luxurious residential area of Lomas de Chapultepec. According to Mexican media, the SUV in which Harfuch was traveling was attacked by a command of the drug cartel Jalisco Nueva Generacion (CJNG) at an intersection of the main street Paseo de la Reforma. The criminals shot the vehicle with large-caliber rifles.
Social media images show the completely damaged car and hundreds of cartridge cases on the ground. An enormous police force was at the scene.
President Andrés Manuel López Obrador spoke of an “assassination attempt” in his daily press conference on Friday. According to the Attorney General of the Capital, Ernestina Godoy Ramos, there were twelve arrests.
Police chief fought with drug cartels
García Harfuch was appointed last October to head the police in Mexico City, an agency with 83,000 officers. Previously, he had headed the investigative departments of the city attorney general and prosecutor. He landed a coup in 2017 when he arrested Dámaso “El Licenciado” López Núñez, the successor to Joaquín “El Chapo” Guzmán at the head of the Sinaloa cartel, in the middle of Mexico City. Both gangster bosses were delivered to the United States.
In Mexico, a country with 130 million inhabitants, almost 100 homicide victims were registered last year. In May it was 115 in Mexico City. The violence is largely due to cartels and gangs involved in drug trafficking, kidnapping and extortion. The gangsters often have connections to local security forces.