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Two Jesuit priests among three killed in church in northern Mexico-EnglishHindiBlogs-News

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The third person had taken refuge inside the church in the village of Cerocahui before all three were killed around 6 p.m. local time (8 p.m. ET), according to a statement from the Chihuahua state government. .

In a statement, the Society of Jesus, the religious order also known as the Jesuits, condemned the murder of the two priests.

He also asked Mexican authorities to recover their bodies, which he said had been removed from the church “by armed individuals”, according to the statement.

In a separate statement, the organization identified the priests as Javier Campos Morales, 79, and Joaquín César Mora Salazar, 80.

The Society also called for increased protection for the people of Cerocahui and the wider Sierra Tarahumara region.

Violent attacks are a problem in the area, which the Society has described as under-policed.

After the killings, the Mexican National Guard and the Ministry of Defense mounted an operation to secure the area, authorities said.

During his morning press conference on Tuesday, Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador also said authorities were “reviewing the situation.”

“It’s an area with a strong presence of organized crime,” he said. “It seems there is already information about who may have been responsible for these crimes.”

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