The first kidnapping involved 22 men abducted on their way to a wedding and the second five teachers taken from their school.
The wave of armed attacks, abductions and general violence in the last couple of weeks highlights the failure of multiple security operations in the last year.
VICE News has closely followed the case of 43 missing teaching students in Mexico's Guerrero state. To help readers unfamiliar with this story, here is what we know so far.
The state congress was in session on Monday to appoint a governor, while parents and fellow classmates of the missing 43 students demonstrated to mark seven months since the disappearances.
Angel Aguirre stepped down six months ago after mounting protests over the missing 43. Now, in a political loophole, he could return to office on Friday night.
The lives led by Ayotzinapa teaching students changed irrevocably after 43 of their peers were "disappeared" in September. These photos documents the reality of their day-to-day since then.
Angry demonstrators attacked government buildings as protests over the Ayotzinapa student murders spread.
Mexican Attorney General Jesus Murillo Karam said Friday the 43 students were likely executed and burned for hours in a dump near the town where they disappeared.
A massacre of civilians in Guerrero led to Angel Aguirre's first stint as the state's governor, and now another potential massacre has led to his downfall.
In exclusive interviews with VICE News, students from the Ayotzinapa school in Iguala described a massacre at the hands of local police and a group of armed men.
VICE News visited the leftist college in Guerrero attended by students who are believed to have been massacred and buried in mass graves by corrupt cops working for a local drug cartel.