Federal and state authorities in Mexico say five teachers are among 22 people who have disappeared in the past 72 hours in the southern state of Guerrero.
Officials said Tuesday that the disappearances occurred amid an ongoing bloody turf war between rival drug traffickers, officials said Tuesday.
In the community of El Salitre, located outside the city of Arcelia, armed assailants intercepted a wedding caravan and opened fire killing three men, on Saturday night. Another 17 were reported missing.
The Arcelia Mayor Adolfo Torales also revealed that even more may be missing.
Torales said “approximately eight heavily armed people wearing military uniforms,” intercepted the wedding caravan.
“An armed group based in the San Miguel Totolapan region is suspected” of being behind the kidnappings, the mayor said.
In the city of Ajuchitlan del Progreso, authorities said around 30 gunmen stormed the Santa Ana del Aguila high school on Monday and abducted five teachers, four males and one of them a woman.
Witnesses said the gunmen exited several SUVs and entered the school and took the principle identified as Joaquin Real, and the teachers Guadalupe Olea, Martin Blancas, Javier Calderon and Jose Maria Torres.
Arcelia and Ajuchitlan del Progreso is located in the Tierra Caliente region bordering the strife-ridden states of Michoacan, Guerrero, which have for years been the center of fighting among rival drug cartels the Familia Michoacana, Guerreros Unidos and Caballeros Templarios
In the past 76 days, since Hector Astudillo has served as governor, police have reported of 319 drug-related murders and reported homicide in 27 of the 81 cities in Guerrero.
Astudillo is a member of the governing Institutional Revolutionary Party or PRI. He took office, with 130 drug-related killings taking place in the Pacific resort city of Acapulco alone.