Mexico’s CJNG Cartel Opens Fire on Guatemala’s Presidential Convoy

Mexico’s Jalisco New Generation Cartel (CJNG) opened fire on Guatemalan President Alejandro Giammattei’s convoy during a tour in a small town that borders Mexico and Guatemala.

The shootout started as the personal guard of Giammattei was moving through the town of La Laguna and noticed a convoy of armed cartel members coming straight toward them.

A member of the CJNG convoy was wounded during the attack and taken into custody, who was later identified by Guatemalan military officials as Mexican national Josué López Velázquez, the purported leader of CJNG.

A photograph of a man bleeding out of his leg, allegedly Velázquez, was posted on Twitter by Guatemalan forces.

The Guatemalan army also confirmed that Giammattei was not in the convoy at the time of the shootout as he was being flown to a different region to continue his tour in Guatemala.

According to the Mexican army, the rest of the attackers were arrested by authorities from the Ministry of National Defense (Sedena), and that four Guatemalan gunmen belonging to the CJNG convoy fled to Mexico.

The Guatemalan army said, “Coordination was made with the Mexican authorities to continue with joint tracking operations on the Guatemala-Mexico political border.”

The CJNG, which has its headquarters in the central Mexican state of Jalisco, has expanded its operations to almost all of Mexico’s states and, most recently, to nations including Guatemala, El Salvador, Honduras, Nicaragua, Colombia, and Chile.

United States authorities have called CJNG “one of the most dangerous transnational criminal organizations in the world” and the “best armed” criminal group in Mexico.

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