Mexico’s strongest criminal organization stormed a police station on Wednesday, killing three cops, wounding another two and kidnapping four officials, including a judge.
The Jalisco New Generation Cartel’s assault took place in Villagrán, a municipality in Guanajuato, Mexico’s deadliest state.
Mexican news outlets reported that the criminal group’s elite force drove up to the police precinct in three SUV’s, including one that was equipped with a turret.
At least 15 gunmen opened fired and tossed a grenade at the building at 8:30pm local time.
At least three cops were murdered Wednesday night at a police station in Villagrán, Guanajuato, that was attacked by alleged members of the Jalisco New Generation Cartel
The Jalisco New Generation Cartel launched a deadly assault Wednesday night in the Mexican state of Guanajuato, killing three police officers and wounding two others. The criminal group, the most powerful in Mexico, also kidnapped three police officers and a judge
The gang blocked off a road by setting a tractor trailer on fire before escaping the scene
El Sol de Bajio identified the fallen officers as Enrique Alfaro, José Trejo and Erendesis Villalpando.
The newspaper also identified three of the four abducted victims as María Guadalupe, José Juan and Pedro Antonio.
Independent images of the assault showed the three dead cops at the scene.
Witnesses told Mexican newspaper El Financiero that the assault lasted nearly 10 minutes. Gang members set a tractor trailer on fire to block authorities from pursuing them following the attack.
Authorities in the municipality of Salamanca discovered a cloth banner with a message from the cartel claiming responsibility for the attack.
Since December 2017, cartels led by José Antonio Yépez Ortiz (left) and Nemesio ‘El Mencho’ Oseguera Cervantes (right) have been involved in an intense fight for the control of the illegal fuel selling business
A police officer, one of three killed in Wednesday night’s deadly assault by alleged cartel members, lies next to a squad car in Villagrán, Guanajuato
An alleged member of the Jalisco New Generation Cartel elite unit shows off a military assault weapon moments before launching an attack that killed three cops and injured two others
DailyMail.com reached out to the Guanajuato State Attorney General for comment.
The Jalisco New Generation Cartel, which is led by Nemesio ‘El Mencho’ Oseguera Cervantes, has been involved in a two-year battle with the Santa Rosa de Lima Cartel over turf control in several Guanajuato cities for the rights to the illegal fuel selling business.
Last month, the Sinaloa Cartel, once led by Joaquín ‘El Chapo’ Guzmán, revealed it was lending its efforts to José Antonio Yépez Ortiz, leader of the Santa Rosa de Lima Cartel, in an attempt to thwart El Mencho’s influence in the area.
El Mencho, a former ally of El Chapo, is wanted by the DEA, who is offering a $10 million reward for information that would lead to his capture.
Under El Mencho, the cartel has increased its presence in 25 of 32 states.
The war-like assault took place a day after Villagrán mayor Juan Lara Mendoza claimed his city was the safest.
Government data released in November showed Guanajuato registered 2,865 homicides, the highest amount among Mexico’s 32 states during the first 10 months of 2019.
A video showed the moment purported cartel members dressed in armor military suits boasted of their allegiance to El Mencho before launching the deadly attack.
‘We’re here arriving in Villagrán. Just people true to Mr. Mencho,’ one the men said.
Another later quipped, ‘it’s the true four letters,’ in reference to the gangs initials, ‘CJNG.’
‘Mr. Mencho’s people. We just got here you son of a b******,’ he added as he showed off a military assault style weapon.
Law enforcement agents cordoned a police station in Villagrán, Guanajuato, the site of Wednesday’s deadly battle