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Two police officers executed as cartel violence rages in central Mexican state of Guanajuato

January 24, 2018  |  Posted by: Francesca Falzarano
Two police officers executed as cartel violence rages in central Mexican state of Guanajuato

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A group of armed cartel assassins shot and killed two police officers who were patrolling government offices in the Mexican state of Guanajuato.

At one time, the state was considered peaceful but has since become the target of one of the most violent and powerful drug cartels.

The remains of Guanajuato State officers Jose Ricardo Mosqueda Cabrera and Angelica Herrera Rodriguez were left inside their patrol vehicle, El Sur reported.

The two had been guarding a state courthouse in Apaseo el Alto when the gunmen began shooting. The double slaying occurred days after three other officers were killed at the start of the year.

Angelica Herrera Rodriguez and Jose Ricardo Mosqueda Cabrera and

The cartel gunmen employed tactical rifles to open fire and then fled in two separate cars, adding two additional names to the growing number of police who have been executed since the Jalisco New Generation Cartel began to take over the state.

Before the violence erupted, Guanajuato was a peaceful area and was a popular destination for U.S tourists.

One week before the double homicide, a group of gunmen executed the operations director for Irapuato’s Police Javier Castañeda Vargas.

Around the same time, that murder occurred in Salvatierra, a team of gunmen ambushed a local hospital to murder the survivor of a prior shooting. The gunmen killed their victim along with a state police officer who was protecting him.

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