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Mexican town's police force detained after murder of mayoral candidate

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The entire police force for a Mexican town has been arrested on suspicion of involvement in the murder of a mayoral candidate, reported Sky News (UK).

Twenty eight officers in Ocampo, Michoacan, in western Mexico have been taken in for questioning by the police’s internal affairs department.

The probe focused on potential violations of the police code of conduct, according to an official statement, which did not give any more details.

"All of them are being interviewed to proceed as due under law in the event anyone has taken part in acts that violate the town's codes," said the security secretariat.

Mayoral candidate Fernando Angeles was shot dead. He was standing for the centre-left Party of the Democratic Revolution in the city, which is home to 24,000 people.

Less than 24 hours before, Omar Gomez, an independent candidate for mayor of Aguililla, also in Michoacan, was fatally shot.

Ahead of the 1 July elections, more than a hundred politicians and candidates have been murdered.

The electorate will be voting for a new president, as well as for federal, state and municipal posts.

2017 marked Mexico's bloodiest year in two decades, with 25,339 homicides.

More than 200,000 people have been killed since the government began to more aggressively target drug trafficking in 2006. Another 30,000 are missing.

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The violence against political candidates continued with the murder of two candidates for mayor in the state of Michoacán, reported Mexico News Daily.

Omar Gómez Lucatero, who was running as an independent in Aguililla, was killed when armed civilians opened fire on him as he left his home in this Tierra Caliente municipality of about 16,000 people.

Gómez had run for office before with the Institutional Revolutionary Party but this time round he was running as an independent.

A security operation involving municipal and state police was implemented following the murder, but no arrests have been reported.

The second murder took place this morning in Ocampo when three armed men entered the home of Ángeles Juárez and shot and killed him.

Juárez was the Democratic Revolution Party candidate for mayor of Ocampo, a municipality of about 50,000 in the eastern part of the state.

The two murders come just a week after another Michoacán candidate was gunned down. Alejandro Chávez Zavala was killed in Taretan.

He too was running for mayor.

There have now been 47 candidates assassinated during the election process that began last September.

Meanwhile, a 10-million-peso ransom (US $491,000) has been posted for information leading to the arrest of two brothers believed to have been behind the assassination of a candidate for federal deputy in Coahuila.

Governor Miguel Riquelme announced the ransom yesterday for information that would lead to locating and apprehending Erik and Ignacio Arámbula Viveros.

They have been identified as the authors of the assassination June 8 of Fernando Purón, the Institutional Revolutionary Party candidate for federal Congress.

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