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Two Mexican mayors executed the past week in the Gulf State of Veracruz

November 26, 2017  |  Posted by: JammedUp Staff
Two Mexican mayors executed the past week in the Gulf State of Veracruz

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Law enforcement officials in Mexico say cartel gunmen shot and killed a mayor and his wife during an attack in the Gulf state of Veracruz, just days after the newly elected mayor was executed in the state.

Mexican authorities confirmed the death of Víctor Manuel Espinoza Tolentino, the mayor of Ixhuatlán de Madero, a municipality located in the northern part of Veracruz.

Initial reports indicate gunmen opened fire on a pickup truck driven by Tolentino, who was accompanied by his wife and three escorts on a dirt road located just outside the city of Banderilla on Friday night.

The mayor, his wife died and three other unidentified victims were all killed in the attack, Proceso reported.

Victor Manuel Espinoza Tolentino was executed by gunmen Victor Manuel Espinoza Tolentino, near the town of Banderilla, Veracruz

Authorities have not provided further information regarding a possible motive but suggested the attack was organized crime-related.

In a statement, the Veracruz Attorney General’s Office (FGE) said federal and state authorities have initiated an investigation to “locate those responsible for the horrific act.”

“The Government of the State of Veracruz deeply regrets this crime and in coordination with federal corporations will strengthen security operations in the metropolitan area of Xalapa.”, the statement read.

Tolentino is the second mayor murdered in just the past week in Veracruz.

On Monday, Santana Cruz Bahena, the newly elected mayor of Hidalgotitlán, was executed in front of his family at his home by a group of at least 30 armed men.

Days before a group of 30 gunmen executed Santana Cruz Bahena, the newly elected mayor of the municipality of Hidalgotitlan

Although state authorities have not made any arrests, investigators have linked Bahena’s murder to an organized crime group which trafficks fuel stolen from government-run fuel lines.

Last month another three mayors were executed in Mexico.

According to official figures released by the National Association of Mayors, a total of 50 mayors have been murdered in Mexico since 2003.

The murder rate in Veracruz has increased this year with 1,382 intentional homicides recorded in the first ten months of 2017 – already exceeding last year’s total of 1,258 homicides.

Authorities have attributed the escalating violence in Veracruz to conflicts between rival organized crime groups who are fighting for control of the lucrative drug trade.

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