Shoot­ings at Mex­ico cock­fight, field kill 16

Kuwait Times - - INTERNATIONAL -

ACAPULCO: A week­end of vi­o­lence killed at least 16 peo­ple in Mex­ico’s trou­bled south­ern state of Guer­rero as shoot­ings erupted at a cock­fight and a foot­ball field, po­lice said Mon­day. Twelve peo­ple were killed, in­clud­ing two mi­nors, and five others were wounded when a gun­fight erupted be­tween armed civil­ians at Sun­day night’s cock­fight in Cua­jinicuilapa, the state pros­e­cu­tor’s of­fice said.

The pros­e­cu­tor’s of­fice said in a state­ment that the cause of the gun bat­tle was un­der in­ves­ti­ga­tion. A se­nior state po­lice of­fi­cial told AFP that “some of the dead were taken away by their rel­a­tives min­utes be­fore se­cu­rity forces ar­rived” while the wounded were taken to a nearby hos­pi­tal. Au­thor­i­ties had ear­lier re­ported that 10 peo­ple were killed and seven wounded. Cua­jinicuilapa, which lies near the state of Oax­aca, is fa­mous for its mix­ture of cul­tures de­rived from de­scen­dants of African slaves. The area is not known for the type of vi­o­lence that has plagued other parts of Guer­rero, such as the Pa­cific re­sort of Acapulco or moun­tain re­gions of the in­te­rior be­set by drug car­tel turf wars.

Acapulco has be­come Mex­ico’s mur­der cap­i­tal, with the vi­o­lence leav­ing four dead and three wounded af­ter an am­a­teur foot­ball game on the out­skirts of the city on Sun­day, mu­nic­i­pal po­lice said. The at­tack took place in broad day­light when gun­men burst onto the field and shot at the play­ers as they were re­lax­ing af­ter the game. Rel­a­tives of the vic­tims re­moved the bod­ies be­fore the au­thor­i­ties ar­rived, po­lice said. Au­thor­i­ties found bul­let cas­ings match­ing the cal­iber of AR-15 as­sault ri­fles as well as shot­guns and hand­guns. There were no ap­par­ent links be­tween Sun­day’s two shoot­ings.

Re­mains found in pit

Guer­rero is the state where 43 teacher col­lege stu­dents dis­ap­peared af­ter they were ab­ducted by lo­cal po­lice in the city of Iguala on Septem­ber 26, 2014. Prose­cu­tors say the of­fi­cers handed the stu­dents over to the Guer­reros Unidos drug car­tel, which killed them, in­cin­er­ated their bod­ies at a land­fill in the town of Coc­ula and threw bags of re­mains in a nearby river. The case has re­newed in­ter­est in the plight of the 25,000 peo­ple who re­main miss­ing across Mex­ico. It also led to the dis­cov­ery of more bod­ies buried in clan­des­tine graves around the re­gion. — AFP

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