Ex-governor of cartel-ravaged Mexican state gunned down
MEXICO CITY: The former governor of the Mexican state of Jalisco was shot dead early on Friday in a restaurant bathroom in the beach town of Puerto Vallarta, one of the most high profile political killings since Mexico embarked on its “War on Drugs” in 2006.
Jalisco state officials said Aristoteles Sandoval was shot in the back by an unidentified assailant while his security detail were outside. A shootout erupted as his bodyguards began moving Sandoval to hospital. Mexico is struggling to tame raging violence across the country, with Jalisco one of the epicenters of internecine cartel warfare that last year drove murders to an all-time high with 34,670 homicides recorded.
Sandoval’s 2013-18 term as governor was overshadowed by the Jalisco New Generation Cartel (CJNG), which rose from obscurity to become one of the most powerful in Mexico, leaving a trail of death and defiance behind it. Today the CJNG competes with the Sinaloa Cartel of imprisoned kingpin Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman for control of much of the drug trade inside Mexico as well as to the United States. - Reuters