- by theguardian
- 06 Dec 2022
A conflict between two rival gangs in the violence-plagued southwestern state of Guerrero has left 20 dead, including a local mayor, and two more wounded.
The Guerrero state security council said gunmen burst into the town hall in the village of San Miguel Totolapan on Wednesday and opened fire on a meeting the mayor was holding with other officials.
Among those shot dead were the mayor, Conrado Mendoza, his father and former mayor, Juan Mendoza, and other local officials, according to a statement from state authorities.
A minor was also among those killed, authorities said. Photos and videos shared on social media show the town hall riddled with bullet holes.
Speaking at a news conference alongside President AndrÃ©s Manuel LÃ³pez Obrador, MejÃa said an investigation to find the perpetrators was underway.
Investigators were also working to verify a video in which Los Tequileros appeared to claim responsibility for the killings, he added. Both gangs are involved in drug smuggling, as well as extortion and kidnapping.
State prosecutor Sandra Luz Valdovinos said she was sending 90 policemen to the surrounding area.
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