Gunmen changeable and killed a mayor, his father, and 16 different radical successful the confederate Mexico authorities of Guerrero connected Wednesday, authorities said.
San Miguel Totolapan municipality Mayor Conrado Mendoza Almeda and his father, a erstwhile politician of the town, were identified among the victims killed successful the shooting, State Attorney General Sandra Luz Valdovinos told Milenio tv precocious Wednesday.
The BBC, citing police, reported that the gunmen stormed the San Miguel Totolapan municipality hallway astatine 2 p.m. section clip earlier carrying retired the shooting attack.
Local media reported that the gunmen were “heavily armed” and arrived astatine the gathering successful 2 vehicles soon earlier opening fire. Security unit to the politician were besides changeable during the incidental on with different authorities members, Mexican paper Reforma reported.
Disturbing images shared online amusement the municipality hallway riddled with bullet holes and a fig of bloodied bodies lying connected the level of the building.
Following the attack, Guerrero’s Public Safety Department said successful a statement that it has launched a “coordinated operation” on with army and navy units who are being deployed by onshore and aerial to find the gunmen. The section added that injured radical from the tract of the shooting had been transferred to section hospitals for contiguous aesculapian attention.
“The Secretary of State Public Security, unneurotic with civilian and subject authorities, volition support a beingness successful the area,” the connection reads.
Mayor Conrado Mendoza Almeda’s party, the PRD, confirmed the deaths successful a statement connected Twitter successful which they condemned the “cowardly” onslaught and called for justice.
“The National Executive Directorate of #PRD condemns the cowardly execution of our workfellow Conrado Mendoza Almeda, Mayor of San Miguel Totolapan, #Guerrero. We request justness @FGEGuerrero, capable of unit and impunity,” the enactment wrote.
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Guerrero State Gov. Evelyn Salgado Pineda, a subordinate of the nation’s ruling Morena party, besides condemned the onslaught successful a statement connected societal media and said determination volition beryllium “no impunity successful the look of the cunning aggression against the municipal president and officials of the City Council.”
Pineda said she has asked the authorities Attorney General’s Office to analyse the shooting.
“Our committedness is firm, we volition not instrumentality a measurement backmost to supply information to the colonisation of San Miguel Totolapan and to our full portion of Tierra Caliente,” she added.
In August, the U.S. State Department issued an updated Travel Advisory warning Americans astir an accrued hazard of kidnapping erstwhile visiting Mexico, amid a question of cartel violence, including homicides, kidnappings, carjackings, and robberies in several areas.
Americans were advised not to question to respective Mexican states successful the bulletin, including Sinaloa, Colima, Guerrero, Michoacan, Zacatecas, and Tamaulipas states.
In different shooting aboriginal connected Wednesday in the neighboring authorities of Morelos, state Deputy Gabriela Marín was changeable dormant arsenic she exited a conveyance successful the city of Cuernavaca southbound of Mexico City, according to reports.
Luis Jorge Gamboa Olea, president magistrate of the Superior Court of Justice of the State of Morelos, wrote connected Twitter connected Wednesday, “My solidarity with the household and friends of section lawman Gabriela Marín Sánchez successful these hard times.”
The deaths of Mendoza and Marín connected Wednesday bring the full fig of mayors killed during Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador’s administration to 18 and the fig of authorities lawmakers to eight, according to information from Etellekt Consultores.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.