The mayor of a village in central Mexico has been found dead a day after he was kidnapped, security officials say, bringing to five the number of mayors killed in the country this year.
"In the morning, we found a corpse in the town of El Pochote, and we confirmed in the afternoon that it was (Zacualpan Mayor) Jesus Eduviges Nava Altamirano ," a security official from southern Guerrero state said on Saturday.
A report from the state security bureau indicated that Nava "was found naked, with signs of torture all over his body and blunt force trauma to his forehead, which apparently caused his death."
The death brings to 19 the number of mayors killed in Mexico since 2010, five of them this year. Authorities say mayors may be targeted for refusing to cooperate with criminal groups.
An armed group kidnapped Nava and a colleague on Friday. One of the mayor's personal guards was killed during the attack, and authorities in Guerrero said they were still unsure of the whereabouts of his colleague.
Zacualpan, home to 14,000 people, borders the state of Guerrero and is located in an area where organised criminal groups are rife, including the La Familia drug cartel and a break-away group, the Knights Templar.
The Mayor had bruises covering most of his body and burns on his back.
Photos: Novedades Acapulco
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