A devastating explosives attack in the Mexican state of Jalisco has left three police officers dead and several others injured, according to Governor Enrique Alfaro.
The attack targeted police officers and personnel of the state prosecutor’s office, who became victims of a cowardly attack involving explosive devices.
Governor Alfaro expressed surprise at the event, stressing its importance in demonstrating the capabilities of organized crime groups and the challenges facing the Mexican state.
Jalisco, a region located in western Mexico, serves as the operational center for the Jalisco New Generation Cartel, a powerful drug-trafficking organization with a widespread presence across the country and one in ongoing conflict with rival syndicates .
Although the motive behind the attack is unclear, authorities are actively investigating the incident.
The state’s security cabinet is constantly in session, working to gather information and identify those responsible for this heinous act.
The attack came to light after a vehicle with five people on board was found engulfed in flames in the Tlajomulco de Zúñiga suburb of Guadalajara. Forensic investigators and ambulances quickly arrived at the scene to provide medical assistance to the injured and collect vital evidence.
Reports indicate that the blast occurred near the vehicle in which the security officials were traveling.
Authorities are currently investigating whether a grenade or homemade mine was used, noting that the Jalisco New Generation Cartel has previously employed similar devices in the region of Michoacán.
The incident happened recently after a drone attack on a house in the town of Apatzingan in Michoacán, which resulted in one person being injured. While car bomb attacks are relatively uncommon in Mexico, a car bomb explosion in Guanajuato in June killed a member of the National Guard and injured several others.
In addition, on Tuesday, 13 security personnel held captive by protesters in Guerrero were released following talks with the authorities. It was later revealed that a criminal group had infiltrated the protesters. Guerrero has long been plagued by violence resulting from wars between drug cartels.
The overall security situation in Mexico remains challenging, with more than 340,000 recorded killings and nearly 100,000 people missing since the start of the controversial military anti-drug crackdown in 2006. Most of these crimes have been attributed to various criminal organizations operating within the country.