Aug 22, 2011

Drug War Bloodshed: Mayor Killed as Violence Escalates in Guerrero, Mexico

InSight Crime: The mayor of a small town in Guerrero state, Mexico was kidnapped and killed by unidentified perpetrators, the fifth mayor killed in Mexico so far this year. ... The body of Jose Eduviges Nava Altamirano, mayor of Zacualpan, was discovered late Saturday afternoon.

... Thirteen mayors were targeted and killed by criminal gangs in 2010, in a wave of violence taken as evidence that Mexico's gangs are prepared to intimidate and kill in order to keep municipal authorities in line. Because mayors are in charge of determining security policy on a local level -- including appointing police chiefs -- they are seen as key assets to criminal organizations looking to control police activity in their territory.

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