Latin America & Caribbean

Mexico shooting: Mayor Gisela Mota killed in Temixco

A file picture provided on 02 January 2016 shows Mayor of municipality of Temixco Gisela Mota (C) of the left wing party Partido de la Revolucion Democratica (PRD), speaking with journalists in Temixco, Mexico Image copyright EPA
Image caption Gisela Mota had previously been a federal congresswoman

A newly-elected Mexican mayor has been shot dead on her second day in office.

Gisela Mota was killed at her home in the city of Temixco, 85km (52 miles) south of the capital Mexico City, hours after taking her oath of office on Friday, police said.

Reports said she was attacked by four gunmen. Police shot two of the attackers dead and arrested the others.

A motive for the killing is unclear. Several Mexican mayors were killed last year by alleged drug traffickers.

The left-of-centre former federal congresswoman, who was in her early 30s, had promised to try to clean up Temixco, an industrial city where problems associated with drugs and organised crime are rife.

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