Mexico City — Attackers gunned down a mayor, his father and 16 different individuals in the southern Mexico state of Guerrero on Wednesday, authorities stated.
It occurred in broad daylight, in keeping with Agence France-Presse.
State Attorney General Sandra Luz Valdovinos informed Milenio tv late Wednesday that 18 individuals have been killed and two have been wounded in the city of San Miguel Totolapan. Among the lifeless have been Mayor Conrado Mendoza and his father, a former mayor of the city, she stated. Two extra individuals have been wounded.
Images from the scene confirmed a bullet-riddled metropolis corridor.
Later Wednesday, in the neighboring state of Morelos, a state lawmaker was shot to loss of life in town of Cuernavaca, south of Mexico City.
While assaults on public officers aren’t unusual in Mexico, these come at a time when the safety technique of President Andrés Manuel López Obrador is being sharply debated. The president has positioned super duty on the armed forces reasonably than civilian police for reining in Mexico’s persistently excessive ranges of violence.
San Miguel Totolapan is a distant township in Tierra Caliente, which is considered one of Mexico’s most conflict-ridden areas, disputed by a number of drug trafficking gangs.
Press stories stated Wednesday’s attack was carried out by the Los Tequileros gang, an affiliate of the highly effective Jalisco Nueva Generacion drug cartel, AFP notes.
In 2016, San Miguel Totolapan locals fed up with abductions by Los Tequileros kidnapped the gang chief’s mom to leverage the discharge of others.
Los Tequileros’ affect in San Miguel Totolapan diminished after the loss of life of considered one of its leaders in 2018 in a gunfight with police there, AFP factors out.
In Cuernavaca, Morelos State Attorney General Uriel Carmona stated two armed males touring on a bike fatally shot state Deputy Gabriela Marín as she exited a car.
Local shops stated Marín, a member of the Morelos Progress occasion, was killed at a pharmacy in Cuernavaca. An individual with Marín was reportedly wounded in the attack.
Morelos Gov. Cuauhtémoc Blanco condemned the attack and stated by way of Twitter that safety forces have been deployed in search of the attackers.
The deaths of Mendoza and Marín introduced the variety of mayors killed throughout López Obrador’s administration to 18 and the variety of state lawmakers to eight, in keeping with knowledge from Etellekt Consultores.
Mexico’s Congress this week is debating the president’s proposal to increase the navy’s policing duties to 2028. Last month, lawmakers accredited López Obrador’s push to switch the ostensibly civilian National Guard to navy management.