Once again, Veracruz witnessed a new massacre on Sunday, January 22nd, confirming the death of six people in an armed attack that occurred on a highway in this Mexican state.
“So far, six people have been reported dead and one injured” in “the attacks with a firearm” registered on the Veracruz-Jalapa highway, the Veracruz Secretary of Public Security reported, without offering more details about the macabre event.
Among those killed in the shooting are two minors who were traveling with three other people in a van, while inside a taxi, one man died and another was seriously injured.
📰 #SSPInforma: Tras los hechos registrados esta tarde en la Carr. Veracruz – Xalapa, donde se reportaron agresiones con arma de fuego, Fuerzas Federales y Estatales mantienen operativo Código Rojo en la zona, a fin de dar con los agresores y garantizar el orden y la paz social. pic.twitter.com/akUAawEID0— SSP Veracruz (@SP_Veracruz) January 23, 2023
Agents from the Mexican Navy, the Mexican Army, the National Guard, and the State Police arrived at the site of the shooting to initiate investigations and find those allegedly responsible for the massacre.
Since December, the state of Veracruz has been involved in a wave of violence that has affected former officials and municipal officials, as well as the general population.
Se activó el Código Rojo en el puerto de Veracruz, luego de que la tarde de este domingo se registrara una balacera sobre la carretera Veracruz-Xalapa en la zona conocida como Las Bajadas, muy cerca de la Base Militar.— Salvador Zaragoza Andrade (@SalvadorZA) January 22, 2023
Vía @yhaito corresponsal de @WRADIOMexico pic.twitter.com/xZBJ6QCtRb
According to official figures, in 2022, the Mexican state of Veracruz registered 854 intentional homicides, of which 513 were with a firearm and 105 with a knife.
The state of Veracruz has become one of the routes most used by drug traffickers for the shipment and transfer of drugs to the United States.