Mexico airport shooters identified


The Mexican national flag flutters above Mexico City's Zocalo square.


Omar Torres

Mexican authorities have identified two federal police officers who shot dead three of their colleagues at Mexico City's international airport earlier this week.

According to CNN Mexico, the shooters were part of a trafficking ring that flew in cocaine from Peru. The three officers who were shot dead were trying to arrest officer Zeferino Morales Franco at the Terminal 2 food court when agent Daniel Cruz Garcia arrived and shot them from behind. Police are also looking for officer Bogard Felipe Lugo de Leon, Franco and Garcia's supervisor, who abandoned his airport post shortly after the shooting.

Dossier Politico reported that the government is offering a $5 million pesos ($375,000) reward for any information leading to the suspects' arrest, who the federal police's regional security chief Luis Cardenas Palomino called "traitors."

Lugo's Facebook page is said to show him in photographs holding a high-powered rifle and handguns, and posing in front of his patrol car or a federal police plane, according to the Associated Press. There are also photos of Lugo carrying a baby girl he says is his seven-month-old daughter.

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The AP also reported that authorities had already been investigating the cocaine trafficking ring involving passengers arriving from Lima. Palomino said other government officials stationed at the airport are involved, but he didn't identify them.