MEXICO CITY, Oct 6 (Reuters) - Unidentified gunmen
killed 18 people, including a mayor, on Wednesday when they
opened fire in a town hall in the gang violence-plagued
southwestern state of Guerrero, authorities said.
Among those shot dead in San Miguel Totolapan were Mayor
Conrado Mendoza, his father and former Mayor Juan Mendoza, and
other local officials, according to a statement from the state
of Guerrero. Two other people were wounded, it added.
Deputy Security Minister Ricardo Mejia suggested on Thursday
the violence stemmed from a dispute between rival gangs, La
Familia Michoacana and Los Tequileros.
Speaking at a regular government news conference, he said an
operation was being carried out to find the perpetrators, and
investigators were verifying a video in which Los Tequileros
appear to claim responsibility for the killings.
Mexican daily El Universal had reported earlier that the
gunmen appeared to have carried out a coordinated series of
attacks inside the building with the aim of killing the mayor.
Meanwhile, in the central state of Morelos, state lawmaker
Gabriela Marin was shot dead and her bodyguard wounded outside a
pharmacy late on Wednesday, Mejia said.
(Reporting by Juby Babu in Bengaluru, John Stonestreet in
London and Sarah Morland in Mexico City; Editing by Peter Graff
and Jonathan Oatis)