Monday, December 9, 2019

The "New" Terror Strategy of Organized Crime: Car Bombs

Yaqui for Borderland Beat from: Vanguardia
                         Organized Crime Groups in Mexico have a new modality: car bombs
                                  "In any case, car bombs are considered weapons of war."
After the "Culiacanazo", the criminal organizations decided to follow the example for the submission of the authorities by way of fear. According to the column of Raymundo Riva Palacio published by Vanguardia, there is a new type of criminal attack that wants to be nested as a terror strategy: car bombs. He mentions that after the Culiacanazo, the criminal organizations decided to follow the example for the submission of the authorities through fear.

The first to modify and expand its modus operandi has been the Santa Rosa de Lima Cartel , which operates in El Bajío and controls fuel theft. He adds that the federal government information services intercepted a call from José Luis Yépez, “El Marro,” the elusive head of the Santa Rosa de Lima Cartel , where he spoke of planning a new form of defense for the authorities, through offensive actions, where car bombs were an important part of the new strategy. Soon after, a car bomb exploded in Irapuato, the area of ​​influence of that criminal organization.

Last Wednesday, in a residential neighborhood in that city of Guanajuato, a group of armed men left a Honda truck parked with several explosive charges that exploded in the early morning, causing no casualties but damaging at least thirty houses.

The State Attorney General reported that the explosion in the car was because they threw two grenades, and not because it was a car bomb. From the beginning, the Guanajuato authorities have said they were grenades, although the first reports of the National Guard mentioned "car bomb."

The photographs of the Honda truck where the explosion occurred leave no doubt: they were not grenades. The destruction of just over half of the truck was not a product of that type of projectile. Grenade explosions, if incidents with this type of weapon are checked, do not cause the total destruction of large parts of the vehicle, and only damage it inside. The photographs of the Honda show how the rear of the vehicle, as well as the roof, lost their shape, and the bodywork was reduced to clustered open irons, capriciously bent.
If the photographs of the van in Irapuato are compared with car bombs of the Islamic State, the similarities are seen. Even if the explosive power is different, it can be seen that car bombs completely destroy an important part of the vehicle, leaving the rest with many minor effects. 

Car bombs are used in many parts of the world as suicide vehicles, becoming a very versatile and powerful weapon against specific targets. In Colombia and now in Mexico, they have not served those purposes except to terrorize and send messages to governments and enemies. The activation of pumps inside a vehicle requires expert hands, not only for its assembly but for the type of damage it wants to do. If one checks the images of suicide bomb cars, explosive charges are placed on the sides, to maximize damage to the target. If one sees the Honda in Irapuato, the explosive charge was placed in a way so that the energy was fired from the ceiling, where the force would fade into the air, minimizing the indiscriminate damage that could have caused victims. In any case, car bombs are considered weapons of war.

It has not been reported on the explosive expert reports on the vehicle in Irapuato, which allows more information. However, given the way the Guanajuato Prosecutor's Office has handled it and the silence of the federal authorities, everything indicates that they want to give it a pass, such as the grenades in Irapuato. They do not want to excite an already nervous society by the powerful resurgence of drug cartels this year, but at the same time, the lack of information will not sensitize society about the severity of the escalation in the quality of the violence of criminal organizations. "Ostrich politics" do not work in these cases, as happened during the first eight months of the government of President Enrique Peña Nieto. (I am assuming this means a head in the sand approach)

The use of car bombs in Mexico is not unprecedented, but it has never been a regular method. On January 8, 1994, in support of the EZLN uprising days before, the Procup, (Revolutionary Workers Union Clandestine Union) which two years later was born as an EPR ( Revolutionary Popular Army), exploded a car bomb in the parking lot of Plaza Universidad, whose impact reached stores on the second floor of the mall . In June of that year a Grand Marquis exploded on the outskirts of the Camino Real Hotel in Guadalajara, where a wedding of families related to Rafael Caro Quintero, former head of the Guadalajara Cartel, was held.

In July 2008 in Culiacán, there was an explosion of a car and several vehicles with butane gas cylinders and detonators were found. The then attorney general, Eduardo Medina Mora, denied that they were car bombs. During 2010 and 2011 the years in which the power of the cartels was thought to begin to be reversed and crime rates began to be reduced in May 2011, there were vehicles that exploded in several cities in the north of the country, but were not classified as car bombs.

Never in Mexico has this type of method been used as part of the drug cartels strategy, but the intercepted call to "El Marro" Yépez points out that this effective resource - the cost is low, the chances of detention for those who leave the vehicle in the objective is almost nil, and the impact of terror is great - it has come through the back door of the null strategy against organized crime.

41 comments:

  1. And they wonder why they want to label these ratas as terrorists organizations.

    El Cabrón de Tamaulipas

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    1. I wouldn't consider " El Marro" and his gang a cartel either. More like a criminal organization. They are thieves, plane and simple.

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    2. Es posible que como en irak se esten infiltrando terroristas para hacer daño a nuestro pais

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    3. It's exactly what they have been doing, they have been terrorising towns, cities, countries, in mexico, latin america since the 90's when they took the drug traficking spots from the colombians. The difference is back then in the 90's there was no cell phones with cameras or social media like these days. They have been terrorist all the time.

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    4. Italian, Columbian and other mobs have been using car bombs forever. Why are they not labeled terrorists as well?

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    5. They were terrorist

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    6. Pablo was a terrorist. He blew up cars buildings and airplanes

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  2. El culiacanazo was an embarrasment to the government in 🇲🇽, the narcogovernment sided with the chapitos who took INNOCENT WOMEN AND CHILDREN HOSTAGE FROM THE MARINA MILITARY BASE in order to let them go.. AMLO is in the cds pocket and he is not ashamed to show it or scream it from the top of his lungs in badiraguato "chapo birth place" puro sinaloa!!!
    Mencho will fall next year and cds will take control of Mexico AGAIN with help from AMLO
    It took cds like 4 years to regroup but now they are actually trying to expand. many cds sicarios against cjng in jalisco, veracruz, CDMX, aguas calientes and even zacatuercas.. N3XT YEAR WILL BE EVEN MORE DEAD THAN THIS YEAR

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  3. With Amlo Criminals have no fear. Why would they he just wants to hug Criminals.

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  4. That is excellent, I was starting to get bored, on daily desmembered bodies, long live MEXICO.

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  5. That is excellent, I was starting to get bored, on daily desmembered bodies, long live MEXICO.

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  6. This is just the beginning.

    Abraham

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  7. Suddenly the conspiracy theory that Isis is present in Sonora Mexico isn’t that farfetched

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    1. Car bombs have been used by the Italian, Cplumbian and even Russian Mafias for decades. Are they ISIS trained as well???

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    2. Its ETA not ISIS

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    3. DTO'S aren't ISIS

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    4. Like if car bombs were never used by Italians or Russians among other mobs?

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  8. This makes no sense and smells foul play!

    This happens just after that Donald decides to NOT label the cartels terrorist orgs. Somebody disappointed about that decision and let's a car bomb go off with no apparent target except to get attention (which obviously it did get).

    This cannot be the work of a cartel, but rather some state actor who wants to influence public opinion and thereby Donald.

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    1. What was the target? The space above the Honda. Something seems off. We all need to read between the lines

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  9. taking a page out of Salvatore "Toto" Riina's book. Sicilian Style.

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  10. Look in Tijuana. You will see.

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  11. Repeat of Colombia

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  12. El desastre está llegando a México. Una manera para que AMLO lo evite es reemplazar al Secretario de Gobernación con una persona estrictamente militar que piensa y actúa como Rodrigo Duterte, el presidente filipino que no tolera los narcos o las drogas. La cara de López Obrador mostraría compasión, mientras que la realidad de SecGov no mostraría piedad.

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  13. Car bombs the new low.

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  14. Was just a matter of time when weapons of change will have been implemented.

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  15. Cant negotiate w terrorists.. as soon as they released ovidio, other cartels immediately took notice.. they know if they put pressure AMLO will bend. Trump would never have bent. You go full force against the cartel that goes too far...

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  16. That is not new..

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  17. The “new terror”? This has been around for the longest in Organized Crime.

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  18. How does that support the conspiracy theory that Isis is in Sonora if anyting car bombs are tactics used by Colombian and other South American drug cartels or gorillas. The bottom line is cash for the drug cartels and they would never let ISIS into their territory because of the enormous heat that it would bring from the US and Mexican governments it would insure the leaders arrest or death who allowed them to enter and simply that would be just as bad as being designated terrorist if not worse that would be the worst business move ever and never be allowed by the cartels or the governments of the US and Mexico

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  19. Yep..because Mexicans cannot set car bombs nor have they ever heard of one,until Isis arrived.

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    1. Mexicans cartels make isis look like a bunch of nuns. Fuck isis

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  20. Their trying to sweep the car bomb under the rug and say they were grenades. Once they confirm these are car bombs the U.S. will have no choice then to consider them terrorist and move in on them how they did Pablo Escobar.

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    1. Nothing will happen. As long as the violence stays within Mexico's borders.
      Let's be real. Has anything happened yet with the high murder rates repeating again! NOTHING HAS......

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  21. 12:14 if True, you know that means that America can’t ignore Mexico anymore.
    I hope you are wrong.

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  22. Time for the army to take over and carry out mass executions.

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    1. Those executions unfortunately will be those of rivals. Moreover, innocents.
      Can't trust government when its evident that they are in collaboration with criminals.

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  23. Once the demon is out of the bottle it is hard to but it back in. If this becomes widespred, land mines {IEDs}.placed around schools, churches, night spots, markets, police stations, parks, etc could cripple a society.... but, oh well, people adapt to such things.
    Mexico-Watcher

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  24. Car bombs have long been used by gangsters in the US since the 60’s as a means of offing ones enemies from a distance. Youngstown Ohio, the attempt on Gotti in NYC and countless other examples.

    Canadian gangsters also use this method and have for decades though most of these explosions were during the Hells angels biker war in the 90’s. It was when a car bomb detonated and killed 11 year old Daniel Desroches that turned public opinion against the gang and its competitors. 160 people were killed during that power struggle. The HA now control the lucrative cocaine trade in Quebec with even the mafia paying them a Piso

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    1. You're right about car bombs in the US. Danny Green was blown up for trying to move in on the Cleveland mob. A monster blast killed Phil "Chicken Man" Testa, the boss of the Philly mob. A good bomber can mess with your head. Mobsters were starting their cars with one foot on the ground. That way if the car exploded they would lose only one leg.
      Lefty Rosenthal portrayed by Robert DeNiro in Goodfellas survived a car bombing. Probably only a matter of time before Mexican narcos use this diabolical weapon. Mexicans are crafty and resourceful people. God help Mexico if the sicarios are ordered to deploy car bombs.

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  25. The only car bomb i can remember is the one that killed a couple cops & paramedics in Juarez around 2010, i'm sure there's more but none that stand out in body count

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