VERACRUZ, Mexico – Fourteen people, including two federal policemen and a family of six, were killed in a wave of attacks on Saturday in different parts of the eastern Mexican state of Veracruz.
In less than 24 hours, groups of hitmen carried out attacks in four municipalities with the most serious incidents taking place in Coatzacoalcos, in the southern part of the state, and in La Antigua, in the central zone.
According to police reports, an armed attack took place Saturday in the New Calzada neighborhood in the port of Coatzacoalcos.
Several hitmen entered a house and opened fire with assault rifles, killing six people – two adults and four children.
In the municipality of La Antigua, gunmen attacked two Federal Police officers in a restaurant, including the commissioner of the security force in Veracruz, Camilo Juan Castagne.
The incident took place inside the restaurant La Bamba, located at the Avenida Emiliano Zapata, the central zone of the municipality.
Three people were killed in the Minatitlan municipality’s rural area, while a taxi driver was shot dead in Cosoleacaque, according to police reports.
Two women were also shot dead in Orizaba in what appeared to be an attempted robbery of their home.
During the week, half a dozen murders were reported in the state, in which the criminals left different narco messages, threatening Veracruz’s Public Security Secretary, Jaime Tellez, whom they accused of being linked to a drug cartel.
Since December 2016, when Veracruz governor Miguel Angel Yunes Linares – of the conservative National Action Party – took office there has been an increase in the number of murders related to organized crime.
On average, one hundred murders take place in a month in Veracruz, according to reports, a state where the Zetas and Jalisco Nueva Generacion cartels are embroiled in control disputes.