Mexico City Police Chief Shot, Injured in Assassination Attempt

28 Juin, 2020, 02:10 | Auteur: Anatole Charbonneau
  • Police officers arrive at the area where a shooting took place in Mexico City Mexico

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Mexico City's chief of police, who was shot and injured in an assassination attempt on Friday, has said one of Mexico's most powerful drug cartels was behind the attack.

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 26-year-old woman traveling in a auto with relatives to sell street food nearby was also killed in the gunfire that ripped through the Lomas de Chapultepec neighborhood.

Relatives of a woman killed during a shooting react following an assassination attempt of Mexico City's chief of police, Mexico City, Mexico, June 26, 2020.

An abandoned vehicle that is believed to have been used by gunmen in an attack against the chief of police is sealed off with yellow tape and guarded by police in Mexico City Friday

Separately, fast-arriving police could be seen shouting and moving towards the high caliber gunfire that rang out for several minutes just after 6.30 a.m. local time.

The assassination attempt served as a warning that "nobody is off limits" and was reminiscent of previous attacks on officials during Mexico's drug war, said Gladys McCormick, a security analyst at Syracuse University in NY. She declined to speculate on who she suspected was responsible. A Mexico City official said two of Garcia's police escorts were killed in the incident and that the police chief sustained three bullet wounds.

Ernestina Godoy, attorney general of Mexico City, said 12 people had been arrested over the attack. Heavily armed gunmen attacked and wounded Omar Garcia Harfuch in a brazen operation that left an unspecified number of dead, Mayor Claudia Sheinbaum said Friday.

"It has to do without a doubt with the work he is carrying out to guarantee peace and tranquility", López Obrador said.

The neighborhood is home to many wealthy residents and the location of ambassadorial residences.

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