Wednesday, April 17, 2019

From the Al-Qaida Playbook

Excerpts from Borderland Beat book - Chapter - From the Al-Qaida Playbook 


At around 7:30pm on July 15, 2010 two vehicles stopped in the middle of the streets of Bolivia and 16 de Septiembre, in downtown Ciudad Juarez. This area was always congested with commuters and people shopping. It is also close to the tourist district of the city. This day was busy as usual.

Several people got out of the vehicles and placed a man on his knees in the middle of the road who was wearing a Ciudad Juarez police uniform. The man had his hands tied behind his back and was already injured from a gunshot. This caught the attention of the many people that were on foot on the sidewalk and also the people in the heavy traffic on the road.

Suddenly, while the policeman was placed on his knees, they shot him in the head while everyone looked in horror. The men then drove away in one of the vehicles while leaving the other at the scene.

They also left the policeman in the middle of the street after taking several gunshots at close range to his head. Some people rushed to the scene, this included a doctor who happened to be in the area.


This resulted in a heavy response from the federal police and rescue personnel. Moments after the federal police arrived to investigate, a bomb detonated on the vehicle that had been left behind. The blast killed the doctor instantly who got the full force of the bomb, a civilian who was a musician that happened to be at the wrong place at the wrong time.


Also killed in the blast was a federal police officer that was inspecting the car with the explosives.

Several people were injured including a cameraman form Channel 2 that captured the explosion on video. The vehicle with the explosives appeared to be a Ford Taurus. Inside the vehicle there were traces of C-4 explosives and a cellular that was apparently used as a trigger.

It turned out that the police officer that had been executed in the middle of the road was not a police officer after all. They had dressed a man in police uniform and executed the man to lure the federal police officers to the proximity to the car bomb.


The Mayor of Cuidad Juarez, José Reyes Ferriz, confirmed that the execution of the man dressed in police uniform was merely a ploy to lure federal police officers to the location of the car bomb.


The bomb being detonated in the streets of Ciudad Juarez.


Sicarios belonging to La Linea talk to the media about crime and, 
how they created the plot to lure federal police and how they planted the bomb


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