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Suspected cartel hitman critically wounds mayor-elect in Mexican border state of Chihuahua

September 18, 2018  |  Posted by: Francesca Falzarano
Suspected cartel hitman critically wounds  mayor-elect in Mexican border state of Chihuahua

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The mayor-elect of Gómez Farías, in the Mexican state of Chihuahua, was critically injured in his office by what is believed to be a cartel associate last Friday–just one day before he was set to be sworn into his position.

According to local news media, law enforcement officials have launched an investigation into the attack that took place on September 7th, at roughly 9:30 pm against mayor-elect Dr. Blas Juan Godínez Ortega.

An armed assailant opened fire on the victim multiple times who walked into his office posing as a patient.

Dr. Godínez was rushed to a hospital in Cuauhtémoc and was later taken to the state capital of Chihuahua where he in critical condition.

The victim is the son of Dr. Blas Godínez, who was abducted from his medical office by a group of cartel members in 2017 and was never heard from or seen again.

The elder doctor Blas Juan Godínez Ortega pictured above was kidnapped in 2017/ Photo: El Heraldo de Chihuahua

It is believed the elder Dr. Godínez was kidnapped to provide medical assistance to gunmen injured during a series of conflicts in the much-fought-over territory between the Sinaloa and La Línea/Juárez Cartels.

Mayor-Elect Dr. Blas Juan Godínez Ortega ran his campaign on the premise of pushing for government transparency and combatting corruption. He also wanted to investigate what happened to his father after the government downplayed his abduction.

The State Electoral Institute (El Instituto Estatal Electoral-IEE) issued a statement denouncing the attack on the mayor-elect and called for more official action to secure a safe transition for newly-elected officials and the municipality of Gómez Farías in general.

Gómez Farías is an area filled with significant conflict between rival cartels due to its location, which affords prime smuggling passageways into the United States. The primary criminal enterprises in the area are the Sinaloa and La Línea/Juárez Cartels.

Mexico’s has had a vast inability to ensure basic security for politicians and their loved ones, according to Breitbart Texas. During the most recent 10-month election cycle, 581 attacks occurred with 136 killed.

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