Translated by Valor for Borderland Beat
Armed men ambushed and assassinated four Community Police members of the House of Justice “La Patria es Primero” (“The Motherland Comes First”) of the Regional Coordinator of Community Authorities (CRAC) in the neighborhood El Fortín, located in Tixtla, when they were patrolling the city.
According to El Sur, the assailants fled in ten trucks.
Members of the Community Police reported that at 2:20 pm on Thursday, they received an anonymous phone call warning them about the presence of armed men.
Six Community Police members went to the site on board a truck; they came out of the truck and searched the area to look for the armed men.
Later, the attackers caught up with the Community Police and attacked them with AK-47’s, killing four of them. The other two members were not injured in the attack.
The bodies were covered with sheets and mats and were removed by villagers and taken to the House of Justice “La Patria es Primero” in the neighborhood El Fortín.
Forensic experts and public prosecutors based in Tixtla arrived at the scene, conducting relevant proceedings.
A Community Police member covered with a ski mask pointed out the alleged perpetrators of the killings, the two criminal groups who fight for the plaza in order to traffic drugs: Los Rojos and Los Ardillos.
He added that they have received threats from the two groups because they monitor and provide security to the municipality.
In Tixtla, two groups of organized crime are disputing the plaza, Los Rojos and Los Ardillos, we think that it could be one of them, it appears to be a declaration of war, we have received threats but maintain a position to not have war against organized crime since it would cause more deaths,” he said.
This happens just a few days before the mayoral election of Tixtla, which will be held on Sunday.
Source: Aristegui Noticias