Mexican Mayoral candidate shot dead at campaign rally

Mexico City, May 31: As Mexico sees a rise in attacks ahead of elections” general elections, a mayoral candidate has been shot dead at a campaign rally in Mexico’s southern Guerrero state, reported Al Jazeera.
Alfredo Cabrera was murdered on Wednesday in the town of Coyuca de Benitez.
A video shared by local media showed a person approaching him at the campaign event and shooting him several times at point-blank range.
Cabrera’s killing adds to the climbing death toll in the run-up to presidential, congressional and local polls scheduled to be held on June 2, as reported by Al Jazeera.
Earlier on Tuesday, the Mexican government said that at least 22 people running for local office had been murdered since last September.
A mayoral candidate in the central state of Morelos was murdered on Tuesday, while another one was shot and wounded in western Jalisco state, the authorities said.
Cabrera belonged to an opposition coalition backing Xochitl Galvez, a centre-right senator and businesswoman with Indigenous roots, who is currently polling second in the presidential race.
Guerrero Governor Evelyn Salgado condemned the “cowardly” murder, saying that she had asked the state prosecutor’s office to bring “the full weight of the law against the person or persons responsible”.
According to the prosecutor’s office, the alleged attacker was killed at the scene.
Notably, the drug cartels have often carried out political assassination attempts in order to control local police or extort money from municipal governments, Al Jazeera reported.