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Mariachi Gunmen Kill 3 in Mexico City

Mariachi Gunmen Kill 3 in Mexico CityMariachi Gunmen Kill 3 in Mexico City

Gunmen dressed as traditional mariachi musicians have killed at least three people and wounded at least seven in Mexico City. The armed men opened fire at a road crossing on the edge of the Plaza Garibaldi, a major tourist attraction, police said. The gunmen then fled from the scene on motorbikes, BBC reported. Plaza Garibaldi borders the notorious Tepito district, home to the violent La Union drugs gang. Tepito has suffered a wave of violence over the last month after the gang’s presumed leader, Roberto Moyado Esparza—or El Betito—was arrested. The number of killings in the city, the Mexican capital, has surged since 2014. More than 200,000 people have been killed or have disappeared since December 2006, when Mexico’s government declared war on organized crime. Mexico experienced its most violent year in 2017 with more than 25,000 murders, official figures suggest. It is the highest annual tally since modern records began. Organized crime accounted for nearly three-quarters of those murders.

 

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