One man died in a hail of bullets as he traveled in the dark of night, flanked by bodyguards.
Another was shot dead in broad daylight as he met with people in a town square.
The Saturday slayings took place hundreds of miles apart and were apparently unrelated. But both victims — Ambrosio Soto Duarte and Domingo Lopez Gonzalez — had the same job titles: They were mayors of towns in Mexico.
Authorities say both killings are being investigated. But a group representing Mexico’s mayors isn’t waiting for more details about the attacks before it calls on government officials to take action.
In a statement Sunday, the National Association of Mayors said Mexico’s government should create a system for providing stepped up security for local officials in light of the killings.
Since 2006, when Mexico’s government began a crackdown on cartels and violence surged in some parts of the country, 40 mayors have been killed, according to the association.
“The implementation of a protocol of protection for mayors at risk is urgent,” the group’s statement said.
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SOURCE: CNN, Catherine E. Shoichet