MEXICO CITY — Heavily armed gunmen attacked and wounded Mexico City’s police chief in a brazen operation that left an unspecified number of dead, Mayor Claudia Sheinbaum said Friday.
Sheinbaum said on Twitter that Security Secretary Omar García Harfuch was being treated in a hospital, but was out of danger. “There were deaths and several arrests,” she said.
Sheinbaum said she would share more information at a news conference later in the day.
Mexico City Attorney General Ernestina Godoy Ramos said onTwitter that there were 12 arrests and that her office was investigating the attack.
The police said in a statement that gunmen armed with .50 caliber sniper rifles and grenades exchanged fire with the chief's security detail. The statement said two police were wounded. Harfuch was hospitalized in stable condition, it said.
The attack occurred around 6:30 a.m. on Mexico City's grand boulevard Paseo de la Reforma in an area of large homes surrounded by walls and foreign embassies. Photographs from the scene showed a bullet-riddled black SUV and a high-sided construction truck with a number of rifles in the back that apparently hid the gunmen until the ambush.
There was no immediate word on motive or the identity of the attackers, but a number of organized crime groups operate in the city.
President Andrés Manuel López Obrador offered his support and solidarity to Sheinbaum and the city's public security forces.
“It has to do without a doubt with the work he is carrying out to guarantee peace and tranquility,” López Obrador said.
Mexico's federal Security Secretary Alfonso Durazo, who was travelling with the president, condemned what he called a “cowardly” attack. “It's clear that the work of the (police) is touching strong criminal interests,” he tweeted.
Earlier this month, a federal judge and his wife were killed at their home by gunmen in the western state of Colima. The judge had handled a number of cases related to organized crime.
MEXICO CITY (Reuters) - Mexico City’s chief of police was shot and injured and two of his bodyguards killed in a dramatic assassination attempt early on Friday that he quickly blamed on one of Mexico’s most powerful drug gangs, the Jalisco New Generation Cartel (CJNG).
The city’s public security chief Omar Garcia Harfuch suffered three bullet wounds as he and bodyguards came under heavy fire in an upscale Mexico City neighborhood just before dawn.
Some three hours later, apparently from his hospital bed, Garcia on Twitter blamed his injuries and the death of two bodyguards on a “cowardly attack” by the CJNG, a gang renowned as one of the most violent in the country.
A third person, a woman apparently on her way to work, was also killed in the gunfire, city authorities said.
Security camera footage shown on Mexican television showed a group of armed men getting off the back of a truck as well separate images of police moving towards heavy gunfire.
Television footage of what was apparently Garcia’s armored SUV showed a vehicle riddled with bullets roped off by police.
Ernestina Godoy, attorney general of Mexico City, said 12 people had been arrested over the attack.
Residents said heavy gunfire rang out for several minutes during the attack in Lomas de Chapultepec, which is home to many wealthy people and the location of ambassadorial residences.
Police converged on the area in the west of the city, which is rarely troubled by the violence that in recent years has afflicted many parts of the country, particularly poorer ones.
This had to be direct orders from the top just like the attempted hit on that former prosecutor in Guadalajara. Very similar tactics. Plus look at those weapons. They all are easily $5k+ each gun and look brand spankin new!
Sophisticated attack, but there are at least half dozen groups that could finance pull this off, in DF. It is a very wealthy plaza for retail sales, and shipments coming out of the airport. It does seem similar to CJNG tactics, perhaps they used a proxy to carry it out. A high profile attack like that either means extreme motivation or extreme desperation.
Omar García Harfuch have a possible murky backstory. Nothing criminal has been found, but he has not been entirely open about the time of the disappearance of the 43 students in Iguala.
At the time he was regional coordinator of the Federal Police in Guerrero. On the night of September 26 and the morning of September 27, 2014, at least two federal police officers witnessed the enforced disappearance of between 15 and 20 students in Iguala. They did nothing to avoid it. At least that is the conclusion of the report produced by the ombudsman's office, published last year. Questioned by investigators from the National Human Rights Commission, García Harfuch reported that although he was formally still head of the federal government in Guerrero, in practice he was already working for another division of the Police in Michoacán. The investigators discovered documents, however, that contradict García Harfuch's statements and place him in Guerrero in those days, pending what happened.
And another thing. Less than a month later, when authorities captured Sidronio Casarrubias, the alleged leader of Guerreros Unidos, that participated in the disappearance of the students, they found a notebook with the names of police and officials, along with their phone numbers. One of them was García Harfuch. The new Mexico City police chief has never clarified that finding.
Among the items that were secured from Sidronio Casarrubias was a black notebook stamped with the faces of The Beatles, 240 pages, with various annotations, including telephone numbers and positions of various people.
According to the judicial document, on page 14 of that notebook it reads the following legend: Omar García Harfuch, El Comisario de Gro. 5526-73-81-10
I just don't see a small local gang or some hired group spending this kind of money and planning with this kind of tech. This had to be financed by someone with alot of liquid assets. Those guns left behind are expensive, even for US markets. These aren't some tweakers with banged up AKs. Also consider the technology involved. I can't remember the last op that has that kind of stuff used with that kind of planning. Maybe something zeta related from way back?
Sorry but i cant see so much sophisticated in this.
A bunch of morrons and mostly all got caught, the guys is still alive.
Cal.50, assaut rifles and grenades are common in mx would say, isnt it?
Sniper rifles makes no sense here, gal 5 of gasoline and any type of assault rift would be enough to pull this off.
Jamming device, any info on the brand?, from my point, mandatory if you raid officials in urban areas.
The crew, someone paid maybe some locals and gave them guns but those guys are far away from being pro´s.
And yes, you dont become cdmx head of police without having blood on your hands, not in mx.
I tend to be more of a desperate act. Are the jalicas that desparete?
I think it´s a 18 antenna signal jammer, a very specific device. Since signal jammers are used for stealing cargo trucks and other vehicles Mexico has banned its use and commercialization in the country. If this people had to acquire the jammer they must have bought it through the internet or from people who have bought it online.
According to the image the device was new, you can even see the box where it was wrapped, so they must have planned the whole think since a week ago at least.