Mexico's Gunmen Storm Wake, Killing at Least Nine
It was the latest bloody assault to roil Guanajuato's central province, which is engulfed in a turf war between rival criminal gangs.
The local authorities announced that at least nine people were killed in central Mexico when gunmen opened fire at a wake late Thursday, with photographs on social media showing bloody bodies strewn near a coffin and people collapsing on the ground.
According to local officials, the shooting took place outside a private home in the city of Celaya in the state of Guanajuato, who said that one wounded person was taken to a hospital. The death toll may be as high as 13, some local media outlets reported.
At around 9 p.m., the attack occurred. In the neighborhood of Arboledas de San Rafael According to the Secretariat of Citizen Defense, a local agency in Celaya, security forces were looking for those responsible.
In videos on social media that appeared to have been taken at the scene, rapid shooting could be heard.
The assault is the latest to roil Guanajuato, once a relatively prosperous area at the heart of a turf war between rival criminal gangs.
Lately, the state, home to tourist destinations like San Miguel de Allende, has become one of the deadliest in Mexico. In July, 26 people were killed after armed men charged into the city of Irapuato's drug rehabilitation center, the latest in a series of violent attacks that have occurred across much of the world.
Guanajuato, a hub for car production northwest of Mexico City, averaged at least nine murders a day in 2020, one of the country's highest murder rates.
The bloodshed in Guanajuato is primarily the result of a territorial dispute between the cartel of Santa Rosa de Lima and the larger and more influential cartel of the New Generation of Jalisco, which has extended its activities to Guanajuato. The raging war has led to escalating violence and numerous mass murders.
"The situation Guanajuato faces is very serious," said Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador at a news conference following the July massacre. "There is fighting between gangs, and there is aggression between them in the majority of cases."
Mr. López Obrador was unable to make a substantial dent in Mexico's that violence amid a vow to bring peace with "hugs not bullets." Between January and November last year, more than 31,000 people were killed, according to official statistics.
In December, in one of the most influential political assassinations in the recent history of Mexico, a former governor of the state of Jalisco, Aristóteles Sandoval, was shot down while vacationing in the resort city of Puerto Vallarta. Security experts said that the most likely suspect was the Jalisco New Generation cartel.
The killing of Mr. Sandoval occurred only months after a brazen attempt to assassinate the police chief of Mexico, who was also linked to the Jalisco cartel.