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Fourteen people executed as violence spirals out of control in Mexican state of Guerrero

January 30, 2016  |  Posted by: JammedUp Staff
Fourteen people executed as violence spirals out of control in Mexican state of Guerrero

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Despite efforts by the Mexican military to intervene, cartel-related violence continued to spiral out of control in the southern Mexican state of Guerrero after the execution of 14 people in a matter of two days.

According to Proceso, the fourteen killings occurred as the government sent the military into the state in an attempt to quell the violence.

On Saturday, seven people were executed in different parts of Guerrero.

Local media reported two women, and a man shot to death in the early morning hours near in the city of Iguala.

The victims, who ranged in ages between 25 and 30 years old, stood outside a store when a pair of gunmen arrived on a motorcycle and opened fire, killing all three victims and wounding another man.

Meanwhile, a taxi driver was found shot to death in the Cuauhtemoc neighborhood of Acapulco and gunmen also killed the manager of a local business outside a bar.

In Coyuca de Catalán, police said armed assailants shot and killed two men in different parts of the city, including a 40-year-old man who was a passenger in a van at the intersection of Santa Teresa and Federal road.

Authorities say, seven men, were found tortured and shot to death in two different parts of Chilpancingo, the capital of the strife-ridden state.

Police officers who responded to reports of gunfire in the Tatagildo slum around 3:00 a.m., discovered the remains of three handcuffed men between the ages of 20-25, all showed signs of torture and subsequently shot execution-style.

One hour later, authorities found the bodies of four more people near the Cerrito Rico dam on the city’s north side; all the victims were executed in a similar manner.

Law enforcement officials have linked the slayings to a settling of scores between rival organized crime groups.

An ongoing turf war has jolted the municipalities of Chilpancingo, Tixtla and Chilapa between three rival groups: the Ardillos, the Rojos, both from the Chilapa area and the Sierra del Sur cartel, whose home is the state capital.

Two days prior, nine youths were kidnapped in the same region on Tuesday. Assailants kidnapped six of the victims kidnapped at a motorcycle repair shop located in a Chilpancingo school zone.

The other three victims were abducted in the neighborhood of Tixtla’s La Villita, which is the home of the Ayotzinapa Normal School, the same school attended by the 43 students who went missing in the nearby city of Iguala.

The executions and kidnappings occurred as the government launched an operation involving 3,500 soldiers and 200 federal and state police officers aimed at quelling the cartel-related violence throughout the Guerrero state.

The military operation spans throughout the indigenous majority of Chilapa, Zitlala, Cuilapan, Zototitlan, and Ahuacuotzingo, which have been plagued by organized crime over the past three years.

Guerrero is considered one of Mexico’s most violent states, which recorded almost 2,000 murders between January and September of 2015.

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