16 killed in shelling in Mexico

At least 16 people have been killed in a shooting in Mexico. The shootings took place on Friday, local time, between several suspected rival drug trafficking groups in the northern Mexican state of Zacatecas. Al Jazeera quoted local authorities as saying.

State government spokesman Rokio Aguilar said the shootings took place between several drug trafficking groups in the northwestern state of Zacatecas. 18 people lost their lives there.

One faction gets involved in a fight with the other faction out of a rival attitude among themselves. Earlier on Wednesday, the bodies of two police officers were found hanging on a bridge in the state of Zakatekas. There have been reports of shootings in several places since then.A fire engulfed a nursing home in northern Mexico, killing at least 16 elderly residents in a pre-dawn inferno that may have been intentionally ignited, authorities said.

Another five seniors had burns and smoke inhalation injuries, while one person was listed as missing after the blaze at the ‘Beautiful Dusk’ facility, which cared for homeless people in the rural border city of Mexicali.

“The people in charge of the facility are looking into the presumption that there was intent (to set the place on fire),” Mexicali Mayor, Jaime Diaz Ochoa told. A possible motive could be linked to ‘problems in management within the civil association’ that operates the nursing home, Diaz said.

Mexicali fire chief, Fernando Rivera said that the fire broke around 4a.m, after a wooden structure was set on fire and the blaze spread. The facility near the US border was fenced and had safety measures in place, including fire extinguishers and security cameras, officials said. The home“There are suspicions that are being investigated since the facility’s own managers have made an allegation,” said Baja California state interior Secretary,Francisco Rueda.

The nursing home, which had 44 elderly residents and capacity for 60, was administered by the Cultural Society Promoting Social Welfare, a civil group. After the fire, 23 elderly residents were taken to another nursing home nearby.

President Enrique Pena Nieto in a tweet conveyed his deepest condolences to the families of the senior citizens who lost their lives in the tragic fire.

Teresa Ortiz, who lives near the nursing home and regularly brought food to the residents, said the smoke woke her up. “When the smell emerged I looked around but didn’t see anything and went back to bed. I thought it was wheat burning,” the 50-year-old said.

Two armed attacks in the violence-plagued western Mexican state of Sinaloa, home of notorious drug lord Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman, have left 16 people dead, the head of the state’s public security ministry said on Thursday.

Security forces found the bodies of seven supposed cartel hitmen on a dirt road, strewn next to a bullet-riddled pickup truck, apparent victims of a shootout.

“There are seven bodies, most of whom were wearing tactical clothing and vests, apparently only one firearm was found,” said public security minister Cristobal Castaneda. “Clearly this is a fight between gangs or organized criminal groups,” he added.

A separate attack on a small town left another nine fatalities, seven of them supposedly local residents and the other two bodies have not been identified.

One of the unidentified bodies had an AK-47, said Castaneda.

Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador assumed the presidency in December 2018 pledging to pacify the country with a less confrontational approach to security, but violence has continued rising and murders hit an all-time high last year.

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