Two armed assaults on Monday left a minimum of 16 individuals lifeless, together with a dozen law enforcement officials, in areas of Mexico affected by violence associated to drug trafficking, authorities stated.
Within the southern state of Guerrero, unidentified attackers focused a safety patrol within the municipality of Coyuca de Benitez, prosecutor Alejandro Hernandez stated.
In keeping with preliminary info, 11 members of the municipal police pressure have been killed, he stated, including that the motive for the bloodbath was being investigated.
A senior state safety official was touring within the convoy when it was attacked, authorities stated, with out confirming media stories that he was murdered together with police bodyguards.
Safety forces have been later seen patrolling the world — the place a number of lifeless our bodies lay on the bottom — as a police helicopter flew overhead.
The second assault, within the neighboring western state of Michoacan, left 5 civilians lifeless and two extra injured, authorities stated.
A bunch of gunmen attacked a brother of the mayor of the city of Tacambaro, in accordance with the state prosecutor’s workplace.
A restaurant employee and a member of the police pressure have been amongst these killed, whereas the mayor’s brother was wounded, it stated.
In a video posted on social media, gunmen have been seen opening fireplace earlier than fleeing in a number of autos.
Mexico is affected by cartel-related bloodshed that has seen greater than 420,000 individuals murdered for the reason that authorities deployed the navy in its battle on medication in 2006.
Since then, the nation’s homicide fee has tripled to 25 per 100,000 inhabitants.
Mexico has additionally registered greater than 110,000 disappearances since 1962, most attributed to felony organizations.
Guerrero and Michoacan are among the many nation’s most violent areas, because of confrontations between rival drug traffickers and safety forces.
Though it’s dwelling to the famed coastal resort of Acapulco, Guerrero is one in every of Mexico’s poorest states.
Violence — significantly concentrating on low-level officers — usually escalates throughout the nation within the run-up to elections. Presidential and parliamentary polls are set to be held subsequent yr.
Since taking workplace in 2018, President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador has championed a “hugs not bullets” technique to sort out violent crime at its roots by preventing poverty and inequality with social packages, fairly than with the military.