Thursday, December 7, 2023

House of Guaymas, Sonora, mayor target of armed attack

At least a hundred rounds of ammunition were fired at the home of Guaymas Mayor Sara Valle Dessens on Thursday afternoon.

The attack occurred around 5:00pm at the mayor’s family house on Almagres street in Guaymas’ Paseo de Las Villas neighborhood. No one was home at the time, and there were no injuries. The house and a car belonging to the mayor’s son were damaged.

According to the magazine Proceso, Mayor Valle does not live at the house and does not often visit because of threats she has received.

Security forces responded to the attack and are searching for perpetrators who reportedly fled in several vehicles.

Violence has been on the rise in Guaymas. Since October 2018, a series of attacks on police officers have left nine officers dead, and prompted Mayor Valle to ask Guaymas residents to avoid public places over the summer. Last week, public officials decided to suspend classes in Guaymas and a neighboring municipality because of the rising violence.

The violence is believed to be related to a conflict between two splinter groups of the Sinaloa Cartel: the Salazar clan and Los Chapitos. The Salazar group has been known to commit arson and shooting attacks such as that on Thursday.

Source: Proceso (sp), Infobae (sp)

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