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Video captures moment Zetas cartel hitmen execute local businessman in Veracruz, Mexico

February 27, 2017  |  Posted by: JammedUp Staff
Video captures moment Zetas cartel hitmen execute local businessman in Veracruz, Mexico

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Video footage shows the moment purported Los Zetas cartel hitmen executed the owner of a local sugar cane manufacturing company, in what law enforcement officials are calling a targeted attack in the Mexican state of Veracruz on Friday afternoon.

The victim, identified as Fernando Maza Muñoz, the owner of Ingenio Providencia, an organic sugar manufacturer, was gunned down along with one of his bodyguards during an apparent ambush in the province of Cordoba.

Other members of his personal escort, which included rural police officers, tried to repel the aggression but could not stop as the hitmen assassinated Maza Muñoz along with his driver.

A pair of videos recorded by witnesses at the scene captured the entire event. Additionally, officials said two other rural police officers were wounded in the attack.

Although officials refused to say who was responsible for ordering Maza’s killing, local citizen journalists on social media have attributed the murder to the Los Zetas drug cartel, who maintain a heavy presence in the region.

According to Proceso, the businessman had also previously received several threats against his life by members of the local union over a labor dispute.

In a statement to the public following the murder, Miguel Angel Yunes Linares, the Governor of Veracruz, conceded that violent crime has increased since he assumed office in November of last year and repeated the call to overhaul the infrastructure of the state and local police agencies, which have been plagued by corruption.

“I have had 86 days as governor. We have to build a new state public security system; we must dismantle the municipal police as in the case of Cordoba,” said Yunes Linares. “Crime and corruption have penetrated the State Police. We have to do a complete reconstruction of these institutions, which will take us some months to complete.”

The state government has also been hampered by corruption scandals. Mexican authorities have issued a reward of 15 million pesos or $730,000 USD for information leading to the arrest of Javier Duarte, the former governor of Veracruz.

Duarte, who remains a fugitive, has long denied allegations of having ties to the Zetas criminal organization. He is wanted for embezzling public funds, money laundering, and organized crime charges.

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