Mayoral candidate shot dead during political rally in western Mexico

Baku, May 15, AZERTAC

A mayoral candidate in a town of Yurecuaro in the western Mexican state of Michoacan was shot dead during a political rally, local police said as cited by media outlets.

According to the law enforcement officers, a group of armed men on Thursday arrived by car at the site of the rally in downtown Yurecuaro and opened fire at Enrique Hernandez, a member of leftist Morena party, who was running for local mayor, CNN Mexico reported.

Besides Hernandez, at least three people were wounded by the shooters.

All the victims were taken to hospital, however, Hernandez sustained serious injuries and died later in the day, the broadcaster said.

Before announcing the mayoral bid, Hernandez was a member of a local self-defense group operating against the Knights Templar Cartel drug cartel in Michoacan. The criminal organization is notorious for large-scale drug trafficking, murders and kidnappings.

On June 7, Mexican voters will elect 500 members of the lower chamber of Congress as well as governors in nine of 32 states and about 900 mayors.

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