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10 men kill 5, wound two in indigenous land dispute

Santa Martha, Chiapas — At least 10 men with guns killed five and wounded two Saturday after a land dispute. Indigenous Justice Prosecutor, Cristóbal López Hernandez says that deceased ranged in age from 14 to 60.

According to a communiqué issued by the government of Chiapas, around 8:30 a.m., five people were killed on the road that connects the Saclum and Centro Santa Martha communities. From the community battle, two more were left injured.

Culebro Velasco called on the inhabitants of Santa Martha to maintain calm and prudence while the ministerial authority carries out the corresponding procedures to investigate the events from Saturday.

In May of this year, two men who belonged to a town in the municipality of Santa Martha were also killed. Those responsible for the deaths have never been found.

The land disputes between communities has been ongoing with indigenous people of Aldama saying that on July 29, armed attacks were reinitiated in the communities of Xuxchen, Coco and Tabok where one of their own was wounded.