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Cut off head, body parts in plastic bags and kidnappings on election day in Mexico

On Sunday, a man stabbed himself in the polling station in the Terazas del Valle neighborhood of the border town of Tijuana, and plastic bags full of body parts were found nearby, local authorities said as Mexicans voted in the by-elections.

Local authorities said the man tried to escape, but did not specify if he had been caught. They said they also found plastic bags with human remains and severed hands in the area.

It was not immediately clear whether the violence was linked to Sunday’s election.

It was one of the bloodiest election campaigns in Mexico’s recent history. Security adviser Etellekt said 91 politicians had been killed and attacks had increased by 17.5% to 910 compared to the 2017-2018 election cycle. Read more

Elsewhere, someone threw an inactive grenade at a polling station in Mexico, local officials said. A voter who asked not to be named told Reuters that the crowd dispersed but then returned.

“People said they would vote and not be intimidated,” she said, adding that she had voted. “It was awful.”

All 500 seats in the lower house, 15 state governorships and thousands of local leadership positions have been taken, with about 93.5 million Mexicans eligible to vote. L2N2NO05X

Eric Ulysses Ramirez, a candidate for the left-wing opposition Civic Movement party who survived an assassination attempt last month in Cocula, Guerrero, said two of his associates were abducted, beaten and then released.

Security analysts say most electoral violence tends to occur at the municipal level, where gangs are pushing to influence the outcome in hopes of securing greater control over drug trafficking and other criminal racketeering.

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