Mayor gunned down in Mexico

Mexico City, July 25 (IANS) A Mayor and his driver were shot dead in Mexico by assailants as they were travelling along a highway, a media report said on Sunday.

Ambrosio Soto, the Mayor of Pungarabato, in southern Guerrero state, had complained of receiving death threats and reportedly had a Federal Police security detail at the time of the shooting late Saturday night, Xinhua news agency reported.

At least four Federal Police agents were injured in the incident.

It was the second assassination of a Mayor within a day after the Mayor of San Juan Chamula, in the southern state of Chiapas, and four others, were shot and killed on Saturday during a protest.

Soto, who became Mayor in 2015, had said that he was being targeted by organised crime.

“Upon taking the oath of office, we received an order that the treasurer and director of public works had to be selected by the local gang leader,” Soto said.

He added the criminal ring controlled everything in the region, even the police and the military.

–IANS

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