Mexican mayor Gisela Mota's killing 'a drug gang warning'

Mexican mayor Gisela Mota's killing 'a drug gang warning'
Local residents gather on January 2, 2016 outside the house of Gisela Mota, newly elected Mayor of Temixco, Morelos State, Mexico, murdered on Saturday at home by gunmen. PEDRO PARDO/AFP/Getty Images.

The governor of the southern Mexican state of Morelos says the killing of a mayor was a warning by drug gangs, meant to convince other officials to reject state police control of local forces.

Governor Graco Ramirez says the killing of mayor Gisela Mota was meant to convince other officials to reject state police control of local forces.

He blames the Rojos gang for the killing.

The Rojos and the rival Guerreros Unidos gangs have fought turf battles across the neighbouring state of Guerrero.

Mota took office as mayor of the city of Temixco on January 1 and was shot at her home on January 2.

Mr Ramirez said the killing was a “clear threat” to local officials not accept state police control, which is aimed at combating corruption in local forces.

Mr Ramirez told local media the gangs wanted to control local police “as happened in the past”.

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