Published: Thu, August 08, 2019
Worldwide | By Lisa Hogan

Mexican officials describe El Paso shooting as 'act of terrorism'

Mexican officials describe El Paso shooting as 'act of terrorism'

Mexico demanded protections for Mexican and Mexican-American communities in the USA after at least 22 people - eight of whom were identified as Mexican nationals - were killed Saturday in a mass shooting in El Paso, Texas.

Milenio newspaper reported that Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador, in his daily news conference, had alled on the USA government to control the sale of firearms.

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"We consider this an act of terrorism, in this case carried out in USA territory, but an act of terrorism against Mexicans", Ebrard said at the Mexican consulate in El Paso.

"According to global law, Mexico has the right to defend its victims in accordance to Mexican law - the same law that defines this as an act of terrorism", he said.

But Beltri scoffed at Mexico saying that it might seek the extradition of the El Paso shooter: "Extradition of the terrorist?"

At least 20 people were killed, and 26 injured in a mass shooting that may have been motivated by xenophobia and anti-Hispanic racism.

It comes as Mexico's President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador called for the United States to "control the indiscriminate sale of weapons" after the Texas shooting left eight Mexicans dead.

"That's something that can happen anywhere", said Ivania, 37, a citizen of Honduras, speaking at the Good Samaritan migrant shelter in this border city across the Rio Grande from El Paso.

In an editorial entitled "Elements for hatred", El Universal described the El Paso killings as "the biggest massacre of persons of Mexican origin in the United States".

The El Paso area was settled in the late 1500s after the arrival of Spanish conquistador Juan de Oñate during an expedition through current-day New Mexico to establish a colony as part of New Spain.

The Border Patrol released a grainy surveillance video of more than 1,000 people crossing the border illegally in El Paso on May 29, the largest group the agency ever encountered. A 21-year-old Texas man was in custody. In southern Mexico, too, the family lived in a shelter, she said.

Ramos said the attack seemed typical of the mass shootings in the United States in recent years that have killed hundreds of innocent people.

Texas Governor Greg Abbott said Saturday's rampage - which killed 20 people, including seven Mexicans - appeared to be a hate crime.

United States authorities are yet to publically identify the gunman, but various sources have reported he is 21-year-old Patrick Crusius of Allen, Texas.

President Donald Trump planned to visit the city Wednesday amid backlash from some El Paso residents who believe his hardline immigration rhetoric has helped fuel the online vitriol associated with the Walmart gunman.

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