The newly sworn-in mayor of a town in Mexico’s southern state of Oaxaca was on his way to his first official meeting at City Hall on New Year day when he was killed by a group of gunmen, according to reports.

Alejandro Aparicio Santiago a member of the National Regeneration Movement had just taken office in Tlaxiaco when he was attacked.

Gov. Alejandro Murat promised a thorough investigation and said a suspect was already in custody. Four other people were wounded in the attack.

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