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Gang violence forces more than 4,000 residents to leave Mexico

More than 4,000 residents of southern Mexico were forced to seek shelter in a neighboring town after suspected gang members opened fire, burning homes and vehicles in Tila, in the state of Chiapas.

Residents told Reuters that the wave of violence began at 8pm on June 9, when criminals invaded the city.

In fear, residents hid and then sought makeshift shelter in the neighboring city of Yajalon.

Images obtained by Reuters showed the consequences of the attack, with charred vehicles, burned houses and empty streets. Residents said they are afraid to return home.

Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador stated that the Army was sent to the region to protect the victims and that the violence was the result of conflicts between residents.

The Chiapas prosecutor’s office reported that at least six suspects were detained.

Reuters was able to geolocate the images filmed in Tila based on signage, building features, terrain and road layouts that matched the archive and satellite images. The agency also said that it was able to confirm the date of the source filming.

Challenge from the new president

Violence is one of the main challenges facing Mexico’s new president, Claudia Sheinbaum, who will take office in October.

The last Mexican election was the bloodiest in history. In total, 38 candidates were murdered.

Source: CNN Brasil

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