Mexico’s President Andrés Manuel López Obrador mentioned Tuesday that investigators are trying into the killings of 4 girls and two kids in central Mexico, the place safety video reveals National Guard officers had been current.

The murders occurred Sunday in León, an industrial metropolis within the state of Guanajuato the place drug cartels have been combating bloody turf battles for years.

The quasi-military National Guard has been López Obrador’s major power for battling organized crime, although the army has been implicated in a sequence of human rights abuses which are tainting the Guard.

Guanajuato state Gov. Diego Sinhue Rodríguez, known as for an investigation after safety digicam footage confirmed National Guard officers getting into “a property with out permission” earlier than the alleged killers entered the identical house.

The footage reveals 5 National Guard officers within the neighborhood 5 minutes earlier than the killings came about. The guards are seen crossing the road and getting into the house sporting bulletproof gear. They go away the house at roughly 9:17 p.m. carrying a big black bag. Five minutes later, a bunch of 4 males are seen arriving on the house the place, shortly after, residents heard gunshots.

Members of the Guanajuato Ministerial Crime Investigation Police Unit arrive on the scene the place six members of a household, together with an eight-month-old child and a two-year-old boy, had been murdered Sunday evening in Leon, Guanajuato State, Mexico, on June 10, 2024. 

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According to native police, shell casings from various weapons had been present in the home the place the six folks had been killed. Officials mentioned beforehand that the slain kids had been an eight-month-old child and a two-year-old boy.

Two males survived as a result of they noticed the attackers coming and hid on the roof, Gov. Rodriguez mentioned.

León Mayor Jorge Jiménez Lona, mentioned at a press convention that arrests have been made within the case, however gave no additional particulars.

“We’re investigating,” mentioned López Obrador “If Guard officers are discovered to be concerned, they are going to be punished.”

“High variety of murders” in Guanajuato

Guanajuato is one in all Mexico’s most violent states because of turf wars between rival cartels concerned in drug trafficking, gasoline theft and different crimes. In Guanajuato, with its inhabitants simply over 6 million, extra police had been shot to dying in 2023 – about 60 – than in the entire United States.

In April, a mayoral candidate was shot useless on the street in Guanajuato simply as she started campaigning. In December, 11 folks had been killed and one other dozen had been wounded in an assault on a pre-Christmas get together in Guanajuato. Just days earlier than that, the our bodies of 5 college college students had been discovered stuffed in a car on a dust highway within the state.

For years, the Santa Rosa de Lima cartel has fought a bloody turf struggle with the Jalisco cartel for management of Guanajuato.

The U.S. State Department urges American to rethink touring to Guanajuato. “Of specific concern is the excessive variety of murders within the southern area of the state related to cartel-related violence,” the division says in a travel advisory.

Mexico has recorded greater than 450,000 murders since 2006, when the federal government deployed the army to combat drug trafficking, most of them blamed on legal gangs.

AFP contributed to this report.