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Deadly attacks condemned


MEXICAN President Andrés Manuel López Obrador condemned the attacks in the Mexican city of Reinosa in the Tamaulipas state, which left 14 people dead amid a wave of violence sweeping the country.

“Everything indicates that in Reynosa it was not a confrontat­ion but an insidious attack against innocents that cost the lives of 14 people,” the president said at a press briefing on Monday. He sent his condolence­s to the families of the victims and described what happened last Saturday as a “cowardly” attack.

The shootings provoked the mobilisati­on of the army, the national guard, the state police, and personnel of the state prosecutor’s office, which were deployed throughout the city.

Reports indicated that a group of armed people in cars organised a series of violent attacks in Reynosa.

These events occur amid increasing violence in Mexico. The years of 2019 and 2020 were the bloodiest, with 34 682 and 34 554 murders, respective­ly. On Monday, the Ministry of Public Security and Citizen Protection reported 2963 homicides in May, the most violent month this year.

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