Sunday, February 25

Seven dead and two injured in two armed attacks in Veracruz

  • In one of the shootings four members of a family lost their lives, in the other there were three victims in a hotel

At least seven people dead and two more injured after two armed attacks in the last twelve hours in the Mexican state of Veracruzlocal authorities reported this Monday. The multiple homicides occurred in the municipalities of Tlalixcoyan, a central coastal area, and in San Andrés Tuxtla, a jungle region in southern Veracruz, an entity with insecurity problems that had been kept at bay in recent months.

The first violent act occurred on the morning of this day inside a house located in the municipality of Tlalixcoyan, where four members of a single family were shot dead, among them the former municipal official Cándido Sánchez Vargas. According to police sources, in the events that occurred in the Centro neighborhood, one more person was injured and was taken to a regional hospital for medical attention. Before them, agents from the Ministry of Public Security (SSP) activated the so-called Red Code Operation to search for those responsible, however, so far they have not been located.

Meanwhile, in the municipality of San Andrés Tuxtla, located in one of the jungle redoubts of the Mexican southeast, armed men entered a hotel in the afternoon and four people were shot. In the place they died three of them and one more was seriously injured and was taken to an area hospital. After the municipal police attack they mounted a strong security operation.

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During the first semester of 2022, Veracruz ranked first nationally in the number of victims of atrocities and the first places in atrocious events, reported the civil organization Causa en Común. In its summary ‘Gallery of horror: atrocities and events of high impact registered in journalistic media’, from January to June Veracruz was one of the nine states that concentrated the highest number of cases of atrocities with 157. The states with the most victims of atrocities registered during the period were Veracruz, with at least 784; Chiapas, with 641; Michoacan, with 392; Guanajuato, with 365 and; Baja California, with 284.

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Mexico registered 33,308 homicides in 2021 after the two most violent years in its history, under President Andrés López Obrador, with 34,690 murder victims in 2019 and 34,554 in 2020.

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