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Vigilantes shoot, wound Mexican mayor

Vigilantes shoot, wound mayor in conflict-ridden southern Mexico town

Vigilantes shoot, wound Mexican mayor

MEXICO CITY (AP) -- Prosecutors in the southern Mexico state of Guerrero say vigilantes have shot a mayor at a self-styled "community police" checkpoint.

The Guerrero state prosecutors office says Mayor Elizabeth Gutierrez Diaz is stable and recovering from her wounds. She is mayor of Juan Escudero, a small town outside of Acapulco.

Prosecutors said Sunday the leftist People's Union was involved in the incident. The group formed a vigilante-style community police force about two years ago to fight crime.

Vigilante leader Bruno Placido told local media the mayor opened fire at the roadside checkpoint. The mayor said she stopped, and vigilantes opened fire.

The growth of vigilante movements in Guerrero and the neighboring state of Michoacan raises questions about whether the self-appointed guardians will respect elected local officials.

Updated : 2021-07-29 02:20 GMT+08:00