The attackers raided a household celebration within the metropolis of Minatitlán within the Mexican state of Veracruz. Six males, 5 girls and a toddler have been killed and 4 others have been wounded, the state’s public safety division mentioned.
Authorities mentioned the suspects have been searching for an individual generally known as “El Beky” when taking pictures ensued, based on preliminary stories obtained by the state police. He’s believed to be the proprietor of a bar positioned in Minatitlán.
However the motive behind the mass taking pictures was not instantly identified.
“Federal and state forces have deployed a powerful search and seize operation of these accountable for the occasions,” Gutiérrez Maldonado, secretary of public safety in Veracruz state, tweeted Saturday.
State authorities held an emergency assembly “to handle the regrettable and condemnable occasions,” Veracruz state Gov. Cuitláhuac García tweeted.
Minatitlán Mayor Nicolás Reyes Álvarez described the assault as a “tragedy that tears the soul” and an incident that he “deeply regrets.”
He known as state and federal officers to analyze the taking pictures “so they’d not go unpunished in any means.”
Friday’s mass taking pictures in Minatitlán comes simply a few days earlier than President Andrés Manuel López Obrador is scheduled to journey to the state of Veracruz for an official go to.
Reyes Álvarez mentioned he plans to ask López Obrador to extend safety forces and, if attainable, assign the Mexican Nationwide Guard to patrol town. Minatitlán has additionally canceled a public weekend-long occasion to commemorate Holy Week and Easter.
Minatitlán is about 315 miles (507 kilometers) southeast of Mexico Metropolis. The taking pictures occurred close to one of many six oil refineries run by Petroleos Mexicanos, or Pemex, the nation’s state-owned oil firm.