At least 309 acts of violence and 178 affected municipalities in 11 departments leave four days of “armed strike” Ordered by the Gulf Clan in retaliation for the extradition to the United States of its top boss, Dairo Antonio Úsuga, alias “Otoniel”.
This was confirmed this Monday by a balance of the Investigation and Accusation Unit (UIA) of the Special Jurisdiction for Peace (JEP), in charge of the Unified Risk Monitoring Mechanism of the Comprehensive System for Peace.
For its part, the Ministry of Defense reported this Saturday that the terrorist actions of the Clan del Golfo, the largest criminal gang in the country, have so far left 187 vehicles, including trucks, buses and motorcycles, “affected” by the “armed strike” which supposedly ends this Monday at midnight after five started.
Attacks on the public force
According to the JEP Mechanism, between last Wednesday night and this Monday there were 22 armed attacks on the public force. In these events, two soldiers were killed and there were also five attacks on humanitarian missions.
To that is added that today a policeman and a soldier were killed after alleged members of the Clan del Golfo attacked with explosives the humanitarian caravan they were guarding in the department of Antioquia (northwest).
The Command of the Seventh Division of the Army explained that the caravan was covering the route between the municipality of Santa Fe de Antioquia and the Urabá region when “it was attacked with explosives as it passed through the village (village) Guadual”, of the town of Cañasgordas .
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According to the figures of the Mechanism, the actions leave, “on average, one violent action every 20 minutes.”
Likewise, he reported that “100% of the municipalities of La Guajira and Chocó were affected by the ‘armed strike’ carried out by the Clan del Golfo”.
It also detailed that “in 16% of the municipalities in Colombia, serious violations of the rights to life, physical integrity and free mobility were recorded (…) during four days of armed strike.”
More than 1,400 uniformed men after leaders of the Clan del Golfo
Colombian President Iván Duque said today that all the actions of the Clan del Golfo are a desperate and cowardly attitude as a result of the extradition of alias “Otoniel”.
“They have been interested in making demonstrations of media anxiety to try to find some kind of negotiation approach taking advantage of the electoral contest,” he said.
“Armed strike” in Colombia for the extradition of the leader of the Clan del Golfo
In a Security Council meeting held in the town of Necoclí, in the department of Antioquia, President Duque launched the Search Block whose main objective will be to capture or kill the new leaders of the “Clan del Golfo” after the capture of alias “Otoniel”.
The The new Search Block is made up of 700 men from the Police and 720 from the Army, who from Necoclí and Carepa will deploy an “unprecedented” offensive against the commanders of the criminal gang.
This new strategy to put an end to the Clan del Golfo, which is today the largest criminal group in the country, will also be accompanied by 15 prosecutors to ensure that there is a rapid prosecution of those captured and accelerate the processes of domain extinction.
the new bosses
According to the Colombian authorities, after the extradition of Úsuga, the commanders of the Clan del Golfo are Jovanis de Jesús Ávila Villadiego, alias “Chiquito Malo”, and Wilmar Antonio Girando Quiroz, alias “Siopas”, for whom the authorities raised the reward of up to 5,000 million pesos each (a little more than 1.2 million dollars today).
Likewise, President Duque said that Úsuga “felt untouchable, we captured him and he wanted to use his criminal power to avoid extradition.”
“We already have 16 members of the ‘Gulf Clan’ ready for extradition and we are going to extradite them”said the head of state.
The “Gulf Clan” is divided into a general state, made up of “Siopas”, the person in charge of the military wing, and “Chiquito Malo”, who is the one in charge of drug trafficking and finances.
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Under the general staff there are four blocks and 23 fronts with influence in 20 departments emerge from them, according to the newspaper El Colombiano de Medellín.
Úsuga, considered by President Duque, as dangerous as Pablo Escobar and “a murderer of social leaders, abuser of children and adolescents, murderer of policemen and one of the most dangerous criminals on the planet”was extradited on Wednesday to face charges in the US for drug-related crimes.
A day later, he pleaded not guilty before a federal judge in New York accusing him, among other crimes, of “leading a continuing criminal enterprise” between 2003 and October 2021, when he was captured, and of “participating in a conspiracy to manufacture and distribute cocaine, knowing and with the intent that the drugs would be illegally imported into the United States.” (I)