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More Afro-Mexican deaths after Guerrero, Mexico mayhem

Based on the weapons used, federal security forces/military or organized crime could be responsible.

Guerrero has the largest Afro-Mexican community; homicide rate of 48 per 100,000 people is tops in Mexico

CUAJINICUILAPA, Guerrero State — Hundreds of Afro-Mexicans in the southern Mexican state of Guerrero lived moments of terror when an unidentified group of men group of men armed with AK-47s and AR-15s stormed an illegal cockfight in an Afro-Mexican community and opened fire, killing at least 12 people. The victims included two children and a woman, according to local reports on Nov. 10.

The attack was carried out the night Sunday Nov. 8th, in the small, mostly Afro-descent community of Cuajinicuilapa, near the border with neighboring state of Oaxaca, the town mayor Constantino Garcia said.

Police officials also found shells they say were fired by .38 caliber and 9 mm semi-automatic handguns.
Authorities have yet to reveal the possible motives of the attack. Based on the weapons used, federal security forces/military or organized crime could be responsible.

According to local reports, the situation was so chaotic that many people rushed their own relatives to hospitals.

Immediately after the attack, state and municipal police and the army surrounded the community and nearby areas, but no arrests were made.

At a news conference in Guerrero’s capital, Chilpancingo, Gov. Hector Astudillo did not dismiss the possibility that the incident was a result of rivalry among drug traffickers. He said the cockfight that was taking place at the time of the attack was illegal.

“They were doing things that shouldn’t be done. This is part of the order that needs to be put in place, although each municipality has their own regulations,” Astudillo added, suggesting criminal activity was already taking place at the local fair when the attack was carried out.

According to La Jornada, on Oct. 27, 2014, the head of municipal security and his two bodyguards were killed in ambush.

There are more than 450,000 Afro-Mexicans across the country. According to official statistics, the 49 percent of Guerrero’s population that are Afro-Mexicans comprise Mexico’s largest proportional Afro-descent community.

Guerrero is one of Mexico’s most violent states with a homicide rate of 48 per 100,000 inhabitants, while the state’s internationally famous beach, Acapulco, is the world’s most dangerous city with over 107 homicides per 100,000.

Astudillo last week acknowledged the state was going through some very dangerous times, and warned all the mayors and officials to be careful.

He also announced that 1,500 federal forces were to be deployed across the state in an attempt to put the situation under control as part of a new security strategy for Guerrero.

Guerrero is the same state where on Sept. 26, 2014, teacher trainees traveling in Guerrero on five buses were violently attacked by police and drug traffickers. Six people died and 43 Ayotzinapa students were abducted.

This content was originally published by teleSUR HERE

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