1 dead, several missing after group attack in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico – National


A group visiting the Pacific resort of Puerto Vallarta was apparently attacked by suspected members of an organized crime gang, and one was killed and the others disappeared and may have been kidnapped, authorities reported on Saturday. of the State of Jalisco.Jalisco Attorney General Gerardo Octavio Solis said the incident occurred on July 18 in a residential area of ​​the city.

He said that 13 or 14 people from the state of Guanajuato in central Mexico split into two groups after arriving in Puerta Vallarta and then ended up in the residential area, where they faced assailants.

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“There was a series of shots,” Solis said. “One person was injured on the spot, others managed to escape – some on foot, others in vehicles.”

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The injured person was pronounced dead in a hospital, and there was no news from other members of the group, he said. Several off-road vehicles are also missing.

The prosecutor called the press conference hours after Reforma newspaper published a front page article about the attack, claiming the visitors had been kidnapped.

Solis did not rule this out.

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“This is part of the murder and theft investigations, and we will continue to do so,” he said.

However, he stressed that there was no formal allegation of kidnapping. He said the prosecutor’s office had no contact with the relatives of the apparently missing people and was unaware of the ransom demands.

Solis said everything indicates that the attack is carried out by a “high-risk criminal cell” linked to an organized crime group.

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The Western state is the base of the new generation Jalisco cartel, which is one of Mexico’s most violent criminal organizations and has been blamed for the recent failed attack on Mexico City’s police chief. He is engaged in a bloody struggle for territory with other groups, including a local gang from the nearby neighborhood of Guanajuato, known as the Santa Rosa de Lima Cartel.

The prosecutor said none of the visitors attacked were linked to criminal activity, but added that fear of cartels could explain why no witnesses appeared.

Reforma said some of the visitors were businessmen.

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