Deadly drug cartel attack underscores Mexico’s security challenge

Jude Webber in Mexico City

At least 19 people are known to have died during a drug cartel attack on a northern Mexican town near the US border, underscoring the urgent challenges facing president Andrés Manuel López Obrador in a year set to be the bloodiest on record. Saturday’s violence, which left Villa Unión’s town hall riddled with bullets, came ahead of an opposition rally in the capital on Sunday organised in protest against the country’s worsening security situation. The protest, which also marked Mr López Obrador’s first anniversary in office, was led by relatives of the victims of a cartel atrocity last month in which three US-Mexican women and six children from the LeBaron Mormon community in northern Mexico were murdered.