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Mexican troops, police evacuate 92 people fleeing drug gangs

A Guerrero state security spokesperson said that the convoy of mostly the elderly, women and children left Laguna de Huayanalco in the township of Totolapan because they fear the drug gangs that operate in the area.

By: AP | Mexico City |
April 12, 2018 9:08:02 am
Last month, 13 people were evacuated from Totolapan because they feared for their safety. (AP Photo/Files/Representational)

Mexican soldiers and police in the troubled southern state of Guerrero have escorted a convoy of 92 people terrorized by drug cartels out of their mountain hamlet. Guerrero state security spokesperson Roberto Alvarez said Wednesday that the convoy of mostly the elderly, women and children left Laguna de Huayanalco in the township of Totolapan because they fear the drug gangs that operate in the area. Alvarez said in a statement Wednesday that the residents loaded into 11 private vehicles and were escorted out of town. Photos showed army Humvees leading the convoy.

Last month, 13 people were evacuated from Totolapan because they feared for their safety. Alvarez said the convoy went to the town of Atoyac, across the state near the Pacific coast. It was not immediately clear why that destination was chosen.

Alvarez said the convoy went to the town of Atoyac, across the state near the Pacific coast. It was not immediately clear why that destination was chosen. Also on Wednesday, Mexico’s Green party said a female state assembly candidate was killed in the neighboring state of Michoacan. In February, two female state assembly candidates were slain in Guerrero.

Violence threatens to mar local races that are being held simultaneously with Mexico’s July 1 presidential election. Both Michoacan and Guerrero have been plagued by drug gang violence.

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