Mexican mayor killed on second day in office

Mexican police have killed two people and arrested three others linked to the murder of a Mexico mayor who had taken office only a day earlier.

The state’s governor said organised crime was behind the attack.

Gunmen killed Mayor Gisela Mota at her house in Temixco, one of several cities around Cuernavaca that have been struggling with kidnappings and extortions by organised crime gangs.

Police quickly located a car of presumed assailants who opened fire on officers, the Morelos state government said. In a separate car, officials said they found two guns, one of them a semi-automatic, and ski masks.

Three people were detained — a 32-year-old woman, an 18-year-old, and a minor. Morelos attorney general Javier Perez Duron said the suspects have been tied to other crimes, but declined to provide more details.

On his Twitter account, Morelos governor Graco Ramirez attributed Ms Mota’s killing to organised crime, without citing a particular cartel or gang. He later announced state officials were establishing special security measures for all off Morelos’s mayors.

One organisation representing mayors in the country, the Association of Local Authorities of Mexico, issued a statement saying nearly 100 mayors have been killed across Mexico over the past decade, “principally at the hands of organised crime”. Ms Mota, who had been a federal congresswoman, had been sworn into office on New Year’s Day.

Her centre-left Democratic Revolution Party released a statement describing her as “a strong and brave woman who on taking office as mayor, declared that her fight against crime would be frontal and direct”.


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