Gunmen massacre 17 at party in Mexico
Published 19/07/2010 | 05:00
Gunmen stormed a party in Mexico yesterday and massacred 17 people, authorities said.
The gunmen arrived at the party in Torreon and opened fire without saying a word, the Coahuila state Attorney General's Office said in statement. At least 18 people were injured.
Police found more than 120 bullet casings at the scene -- most of which were from .223 calibre weapons.
Coahuila is among several northern states that has seen a spike in drug-related violence that authorities attribute to a fight between the Gulf cartel and its former enforcers, known as the Zetas.
Officials say 24,800 people have been killed in drug gang violence since President Felipe Calderon declared war on the cartels in December 2006, deploying soldiers and federal police to fight traffickers in their strongholds.