Frustration with “election fraud”
US Republicans are said to have ordered gun attacks on Democrats
Several Democrats who serve in the New Mexico state legislature have been shot dead. The Republican election loser Solomon Pena is said to be behind it.
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Solomon Pena (centre) is in police custody.
In the US state of New Mexico, a defeated Republican parliamentary candidate is said to have ordered an armed attack on Democratic politicians. Albuquerque Police Chief Solomon Pena is accused of “paying four men to shoot at the homes of four Democratic politicians” on Monday. Pena was therefore convinced that he lost to voter fraud in the New Mexico state elections last November.
According to the CBS television station, Pena was arrested by special forces in his apartment and is in police custody. The Republican is said to have orchestrated the gun attacks on the homes of two members of the New Mexico legislature and two county officials. No one was injured in the attacks between December 4th and January 3rd. However, three bullets went through the bedroom window of Democratic Senator Linda Lopez’s daughter.
According to police spokesman Gilbert Gallegos, Pena was convinced he only lost the November 2022 election due to fraud. “He complained about the election, which he felt was rigged,” NBC News quoted the spokesman as saying. Albuquerque police said they expected to press charges against other men who allegedly carried out the gun attacks for money. (AFP)