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Cartel Gunmen Stage Attack Targeting Mayor at Airport in Mexico

Cartel Gunmen Stage Attack Targeting Mayor at Airport in Mexico

Cartel Gunmen Stage Attack Targeting Mayor at Airport in Mexico

Cartel Gunmen Stage Attack Targeting Mayor at Airport in Mexico

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Mayhem erupted when assassins, possibly targeting the mayor of a small Mexican town, opened fire Wednesday night at the Juárez airport.

The gunmen began the attack in the terminal parking lot and got into a shootout with Mexican National Guard troops posted at Abraham González International Airport, state authorities said Thursday.

Flights were arriving and departing at 6:45 p.m. when the gunbattle flared, the Chihuahua attorney general’s office said.

A glass door at a terminal entrance was shattered and police evidence markers were on the sidewalk and along a road that passes in front of the terminal.

No one was killed in the shooting. However, a bystander in the airport terminal died from an apparent heart attack and an airport worker was wounded by a stray shot in the parking lot, officials said.

The deceased woman was identified by the Chihuahua state attorney general’s office on Thursday as 62-year-old Virginia Castillo.

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The state attorney general’s office has not disclosed who might have been the intended target.

However, La Opción de Chihuahua and the Diario de Juárez newspapers reported that the target was Juan de Dios Valle Camacho, the mayor of the town of Villa Ahumada, who had gone to catch a flight to Culiacan, Sinaloa.

On Monday night, the mayor’s son, Juan Uriel Valle, was shot and killed after arriving on a flight to Juárez while reportedly waiting for a ride outside the airport on Avenida Tecnológico.

Villa Ahumada, which has a population of about 9,500, is about 90 miles south of Juárez.

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An investigation into the gunbattle continued Thursday, with state investigators reviewing security camera video.

Chihuahua state police seized a crashed Dodge Ram believed to be linked to a shootout at the airport in Juárez, Mexico, on Wednesday, March 4, 2020.

Chihuahua state police seized a crashed Dodge Ram believed to be linked to a shootout at the airport in Juárez, Mexico, on Wednesday, March 4, 2020.

State police found three vehicles suspected of being linked to the shootout.

A rifle was found in a gray Dodge Ram pickup that crashed on Avenida Tecnológico, another rifle was found in a Nissan Rogue in the neighborhood of the airport and a van also was located.

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