- Title: Mexico convulsed by second mass shooting in two days
- Date: 16th October 2019
- Summary: MEXICO CITY, MEXICO (OCTOBER 16, 2019) (REUTERS) GENERAL OF NEWS CONFERENCE WITH MEXICAN PRESIDENT ANDRES MANUEL LOPEZ OBRADOR CAMERAMAN REPORTER ASKING QUESTION CABINET MEMBERS LOOKING ON GENERAL OF NEWS CONFERENCE (SOUNDBITE) (Spanish) MEXICAN PRESIDENT ANDRES MANUEL LOPEZ OBRADOR, SAYING: "A sergeant in front was shot at, with a machine gun, the one in front of the convoy and he was injured. He lost his life. After he was injured he started shooting and he killed the assailants." GENERAL OF NEWS CONFERENCE REPORTER ASKING A QUESTION (SOUNDBITE) (Spanish) MEXICAN PRESIDENT ANDRES MANUEL LOPEZ OBRADOR, SAYING: "It's very lamentable that this happens. We don't want confrontations. We don't want violence. I again call on weapons to be put down. We don't want to solve problems with violence. We need peace for the country. We will achieve this. They are inertias. This problem was allowed to grow a lot." IGUALA, GUERRERO, MEXICO (OCTOBER 15, 2019) (REUTERS) (NIGHT SHOTS) TROOPS STANDING IN ROAD IN DARK BULLET AND HOLE ON WINDSCREEN ARMY VEHICLE
- Embargoed: 30th October 2019 17:22
- Keywords: shootout gunfight Mexico violence drugs Lopez Obrador
- Location: MEXICO CITY / IGUALA, GUERRERO, MEXICO
- City: MEXICO CITY / IGUALA, GUERRERO, MEXICO
- Country: Mexico
- Topics: Crime/Law/Justice,Crime
- Reuters ID: LVA001B1CLNWN
- Aspect Ratio: 16:9
- Story Text: A gunfight between security forces and armed civilians in Mexico's southwestern state of Guerrero killed 15 people on Tuesday (October 15), authorities said, the second mass killing to shake the country in as many days.
Guerrero state public security spokesman Roberto Alvarez said 14 civilians and one soldier died in the shootout in the municipality of Tepochica, near Iguala, a city notorious for the 2014 disappearances of 43 student teachers.
A battered pick-up truck had been riddled with bullets as security forces patrolled the area.
Defending his security strategy after suspected cartel gunmen killed 13 police a day earlier in the neighbouring western state of Michoacan, President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador blamed past administrations for Mexico's chronic violence.
However, the latest carnage is likely to increase pressure on Lopez Obrador to get a grip on a problem he pledged to tackle when he took office last December.
Guerrero and Michoacan are two of Mexico's most violent and lawless states, where rival drug gangs have battled to control smuggling routes to the Pacific and interior of the country.
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