By Oisin Sweeney •
Published: 08 Jan 2021 • 20:49
Guanajuato state has become Mexico's deadliest due to an ongoing cartel war - Image Source: Twitter
NINE PEOPLE have been killed and one injured in a massacre at a wake in the violent Mexican state of Guanajuato.
According to local authorities, a team of gunmen opened fire at a funeral wake in the city of Celaya in Guanajuato state, Central Mexico on Thursday evening. Viral footage shared across social media captured the sound of heavy gunfire and shocking images of victims lying dead across the funeral home.
This recent shocking attack is the latest incident in a wave of violence that has taken thousands of lives across Guanjuanto since two rival cartels began a grisly war in 2017. The local Santa Rosa de Lima gang are reportedly defending their territory from the infamous Jalisco New Generation cartel (CJNG), one of Mexico’s most violent and brazen crime groups who have been invading the country’s underworld in recent years.
The brutal cartel conflict has given Guanajuato the bleak title of Mexico’s deadliest state, despite the scenic local town of San Miguel Allende remaining a choice destination for American retirees.
CJNG has taken Mexico by storm in recent years, expanding from their native Jalisco state with a wave of shocking violence against rivals and government forces. Led by Nemesio Oseguera Cervantes, one of the country’s most-wanted drug lords, there have been gruesome reports that the brutal gang inducts new members by making them cannibalize their victims.
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Oisin is an Irish writer based in Seville, the sunny capital of Andalucia. After starting his working life as a bookseller, he moved into journalism and cut his teeth as a reporter at one of Ireland's biggest news websites. Since joining Euro Weekly News in November, he has enjoyed covering the latest stories from Seville, Spain and further afield - with special interests in crime, cybersecurity, and European politics. Anyone who can pronounce his name first try gets a free cerveza...
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