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Buses torched after gunmen target former attorney general

A shocking commando-style attack by 12 gunmen outside a Guadalajara restaurant Monday failed in its attempt to assassinate Jalisco’s former attorney general, Luis Carlos Najera, but left four members of the public and three security officers injured.

pg1bNajera, the current state Labor Secretary, received a gunshot wound to the hand but was otherwise unharmed. 

Later in the afternoon, members of the same drug cartel that carried out the assault hijacked and torched two buses and a private car in different parts of the metropolitan area.

Sadly, a 26-year-old mother and her eight-month-old baby were badly burned as they struggled to get out of one of the flaming buses. The infant died Tuesday morning while the mother remains in critical condition (see story below).

The initial shootout occurred mid-afternoon outside Suntory, a Japanese restaurant situated at the corner of Avenida Chapultepec and Morelos, in one of Guadalajara’s most popular dining/drinking zones.

Police officers stationed in the area responded quickly to the attack, which happened as Najera, along with his bodyguards, exited the eatery at around 5 p.m. after finishing a working lunch with a union leader.

Several of the assailants who managed to escape the scene were chased by municipal police patrols and cornered on Avenida Lopez Mateos in La Tijera neighborhood. Six men were detained after another exchange of gunfire, the police report said. One later died of a heart attack in hospital.  On Tuesday, it was revealed that a 59-year-old man hit by a stray bullet while  crossing a pedestrian bridge had died in hospital.

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