Mexican mayor fatally shot day after taking office

The crime scene where the day-old Mayor Gisela Mota was killed in her home in Temixco, Mexico (Reuters)
The crime scene where the day-old Mayor Gisela Mota was killed in her home in Temixco, Mexico (Reuters)

The mayor of a Mexican city was shot dead less than a day after taking office.

Gunmen opened fire on Mayor Gisela Mota when she was at her house in the city of Temixco in Morelos state.

Two presumed assailants were killed and three others detained following a pursuit, Morelos security commissioner Jesus Alberto Capella told The New York Times.

He said the suspects fired at federal police and soldiers from their car.

Mota's death has been connected to organised crime, but it has not been specified, The New York Times reports.

Her party, the Democratic Revolution Party, released a statement describing her as "a strong and brave woman who, on taking office as mayor, declared that her fight against crime would be frontal and direct."

Mota, who had previously been a federal congresswoman, moved into office on New Years' Day. She was killed the following day.

Temixco city has around 100,000 residents. It neighbours Cuernavaca, the capital of Morelos, and drug-cartel plagued Guerrero state.

Temixco is the seat of several state institutions. It is a resort and industrial city, which has suffered kidnappings and extortion traced to organised crime groups.

3 News