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Mexican Mayor Killed Day After Taking Office 

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Gisela Mota waves during her swearing in ceremony as mayor of Temixco, Morelos State, Mexico, Jan. 1, 2016.

Gisela Mota waves during her swearing in ceremony as mayor of Temixco, Morelos State, Mexico, Jan. 1, 2016.

The mayor of a Mexican city who took office Friday was killed Saturday.

Gisela Mota was killed by armed gunmen at her house in Temixco.

Morelos state security commissioner, Jesus Alberto Capella, said two attackers were killed and three were detained by federal police and soldiers.

Mota's leftist Democratic Revolution Party said in a statement Mota was "a strong and brave woman who on taking office as mayor, declared that her fight against crime would be frontal and direct."

The city's general secretary, Carols Caltenco, said the city government believed some people were threatened by Mota's inaugural speech.

Temixco is about 100 kilometers south of Mexico's capital and borders Cuernavaca, a resort that has experienced kidnappings and extortion linked to organized crime.

Some material for this report came from AP and Reuters.

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