Two men died this Sunday afternoon in Salamanca, in the state of Guanajuato, due to the explosion of a bomb in a restaurant.
During the celebration of the store manager's birthday, two people came to deliver a package to the door of the establishment.
They were received by both the manager and another of his partners.
Upon opening the package, both died as a result of the detonation, as reported by the Guanajuato State Prosecutor's Office.
The event represents an escalation in the methods and intensity of organized crime in the State, which accumulates the highest number of murders in the country.
President Andrés Manuel López Obrador has recognized this morning that there is a history of the “use of explosives to create terror” in the State.
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López Obrador also announced during his morning press conference that "it is likely that the Attorney General's Office (FGR) will attract the case because it involves the use of explosives."
Citing military reports from the Secretariat of National Defense (Sedena), the president confirmed a pattern in the use of narco-terrorism in the state.
Asked if the motive for the attack was the extortion of hotel businessmen, he pointed to the progress made in the investigation of an event that refers to the practices of drug cartels in Colombia in the 1990s, when the use of packages and car bombs, often without a defined objective, to spread terror among the population.
The industrial and traditionally safe state of Guanajuato has recently become the bloodiest in the country. The cocktail of organized crime in Guanajuato includes drug trafficking, drug dealing, fuel theft, extortion and kidnapping or the fight for control of the territory. For years, the press and experts have pointed to the fight between two criminal organizations as the starting point for the violence. They are the Jalisco Cartel and the Santa Rosa de Lima Cartel. A few months ago, the Government arrested the leader of the second, an event that has barely influenced the crime rates registered in the entity.
In 2020, the State registered more than 4,000 murders, 1,000 more than during the previous year, the region that counted the most cases in the entire country, which also leads the number of disappearances.
Traditional fiefdom of the PAN (right), discrepancies between the federal government and the state governor, Diego Sinhue Rodríguez, are common due to their strategy to fight crime.
Meanwhile, the red figures continue to grow.
The entity was traditionally known, in addition to foreign investment in the industry, and the presence of factories and delegations of large international companies, by two of its star municipalities for tourism: Guanajuato (city) and San Miguel de Allende, two towns Colonial buildings where thousands of American visitors come every year, mostly, and where the International Cervantino Festival is held.
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