CHILPANCINGO, Guerrero — Despite the deployment of thousands of federal security forces, the violence continues today in the Mexican state of Guerrero, where new casualties are reported.
The bodies of seven men, their hands bound and with signs of torture, were found during the early morning hours of Thursday January 28th, in Chilpancingo, capital city of Guerrero state, authorities reported.
At least 16 people were killed over the last weekend of January in different municipalities of Guerrero, including 11 who participated in a party in Coyuca de Catalán.
Two tourists were also killed in the middle of a shooting when traveling to the coastal resort of Ixtapa Zihuatanejo in a Renault Duster SUV, with State of Mexico license plates MNM 89 76. The woman died instantly, while the man was taken to a hospital where he died hours later.
The victims’ names were Lourdes Escutia Viveros and Valentín Arturo García Salinas. They were newly wed and were heading to Ixtapa Zihuatanejo to spend their honeymoon; both were government employees of the IMSS (Mexican Institute of Social Security).
As mentioned above, the governor of Guerrero, Héctor Astudillo, confirmed that during a celebration of “Qunceañera” party, at least 11 people were killed in the community of Cundancito, in the municipality of Coyuca de Catalán, in the area known as “Tierra Caliente”, near the stateline with Michoacán.
The homicide toll has risen to 158 so far this year in this territory of southwestern Mexico.
The archbishop of Acapulco, Carlos Garfias, said the military campaign to counter the insecurity and violence was a failure and that a comprehensive strategy to address the causes of the phenomenon is required.
At a press conference, he stressed that insecurity and violence represent a public health phenomenon and that it should be treated as such.
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