Two Jesuit Priests Gunned Down in Northern Mexico Church

By Juan Montes and José de Córdoba

MEXICO CITY—Gunmen killed two Jesuit priests inside their church in a lawless indigenous region in northern Mexico fought over by drug cartels, authorities and the Roman Catholic order said Tuesday. Their bodies, and that of a third victim, a tourist guide, were apparently taken by the assailants, authorities say.

The killings took place near dusk Monday in the remote mountain village of Cerocahui in northern Chihuahua state, some 400 miles from the U.S. border. The region is mostly populated by members of the Tarahumara indigenous group and is a battleground for organized crime groups fighting to control the cultivation of opium and marijuana crops, and illegal logging.