At least six dead and 180 vehicles attacked, most cremated, has left the armed strike of the gulf Clan, the main criminal gang in Colombia that has dozens of populations in 11 departments of the country in distress, authorities reported this Sunday, May 8.
The Ministry of Defense pointed out that the criminal actions of the Gulf clan, also known as the Gaitanist Self-Defense Forces of Colombia (AGC), have led to the homicides of three civilians, a policeman and two soldiers.
The armed strike, which began on Thursday, May 5 and will continue until Tuesday, May 10, is carried out in retaliation for the extradition to the US of its top boss, Dairo Antonio Usuga, alias Otoniel, one day before.
That group has trade restricted, the movement of vehicles on roads and the mobility of people, threatening attacks on those who travel on the roads, even if they go in caravans escorted by the Army, in various departments of Colombia.
On the night of Saturday, May 7, the municipality of Frontino, in the department of Antioquia, experienced difficult hours due to harassment of a police station near the Nutibara township.
“That day, the community surrounding the Nutibara corregimiento began to inform us of the movement of armed men to the area for the purpose of harassing and taking over the urban area.“, expressed the mayor of Frontino, Jorge Hugo Elejalde.
Therefore, the local president made a call to central government so that they do not leave the town’s police officers alone in the face of criminal attacks and asked the Colombian president, Iván Duque, to “appear on the case“.
“It is very easy to be brave from the Casa de Nariño with 300 police and escorts protecting you, but it is time to come to the regions where we are suffering, enduring hunger and there is no way to get the wounded and sick people out.“, he expressed.
OTHER FIGURES FROM THE AUTHORITIES
Since the armed strike began, the authorities have detained 92 people, 21 by court order and 71 in flagrante delicto, and among those arrested are aka Peter, second leader of the Gulf clan in the department of Magdalena.
Likewise, 37 raids have been carried out in which 12 firearms, 481 cartridges, 6 recorded, 23 cell phones and more than 50 million pesos (about 12,000 dollars) have been seized.
The Colombian Federation of Road Freight Transporters (Colfecar), for its part, has spoken of losses of more than 13,000 million pesos (about 3.2 million dollars) for actions committed in Antioquia, Bolívar, Córdoba, Sucre, Cesar and Atlántico.
That value, added the guild, does not include that of the loads that were transported, but that of the damage to vehicles.
EXTRADITION OF OTONIEL
Alias Otoniel, considered by President Duque, as dangerous as Pablo Escobar and “a murderer of social leaders, abuser of children and adolescents, murderer of police officers and one of the most dangerous criminals on the planet“, It was extradited on Wednesday to answer in the US for drug trafficking crimes.
Úsuga pleaded not guilty a day later before a federal judge in New York who accused him, among other crimes, of “lead an ongoing criminal enterprise” between the year 2003 and October 2021, when he was captured, and of “participating in an international conspiracy to manufacture and distribute cocaine, knowing and intending that the drugs would be illegally imported into the United States“.