11 killed in Mexico birthday shooting

Mexico birthday shooting

At least eleven people were killed in a shootout that erupted during a birthday party in Guerrero state, southern Mexico, said Sunday the governor of the state.

“There was a problem during a birthday party of 15, and according to our information, there were 11 people killed,” said the governor of Guerrero, Hector Astudillo, according to media.

The incident occurred on Friday evening at a celebration of 15 years – crucial step in Latin America, often celebrated during a traditional festival called “quinceañera” – in the village of Cundancito the municipality of Coyuca de Catalán.

“Saturday, those who have tried, in several patrols of winning places were received by gunshots,” added Mr. Astudillo, without giving more details about the case. An investigation has been launched.

The Guerrero state has one of the homicide rate and the highest kidnapping in the country. It is in this state, located along the Pacific that disappeared 43 Ayotzinapa Normal School students in September 2014, probably murdered by a drug cartel.

Its mountains are home to many poppy cultivation and opium fueling international drug trafficking.

On 15 January, 21 people kidnapped a week earlier by gunmen as they were traveling to a wedding in the state of Guerrero were found alive.

Drug cartel leader arrested

Mexican authorities arrested the alleged leader of the cartel Beltran Leyva brothers, Francisco Javier Garcia Hernandez, alias “El 2000” in the State of Sinaloa (west), media reports say.

Hernandez Garcia, 47, allegedly headed the cartel once powerful but now weakened after the arrest in October 2014 Hector Beltran Leyva, “El H”, the last of the siblings, explained press conference the National Safety Commissioner, Renato Sales.

The man, arrested in the city of Guasave, about 150 kilometers from the capital of Sinaloa, led drug trafficking operations to the United States from various states of Mexico.

Beltran Leyva cartel of the brothers was one of the most powerful of Mexico when its leader, Arturo Beltran Lleyva, nicknamed “the Prince of princes”, was shot dead by soldiers in 2009. It has since weakened.

Francisco Javier García Hernandez had entered the cartel in the 1990s, first as a bodyguard of the “family circle” Beltran Leyva brothers, before climbing gradually in the hierarchy of the criminal group.

It was he who had formed alliances with another cartel, Los Zetas, to face together the Sinaloa cartel of Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman, recently captured by the authorities six months after his spectacular escape.

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