Gunmen have killed 10 people in a hotel and two bar attacks in the central Mexican city of Celaya, demanding a calling card left behind by a known criminal group, authorities said Tuesday.
Seven women and three men were killed and two others were injured in the attack on Monday night, according to the Security Secretariat in Selaya, in the central state of Guanajuato.
In a statement, the unit said officers found the bodies after arriving in the vicinity of the Valley Hermoso after reports of a gunfight.
Witnesses said the dead were shot, after which the attackers poured petrol on the installations to set them on fire.
They said the bodies were scattered between plastic tables and chairs and one was lying on the pavement.
Guanajuato, a thriving industrial area that hosts a refinery and a major pipeline, has become one of Mexico’s most violent states due to a dispute between Santa Rosa de Lima and the Jalisco New Generation Cartel.
The parties are fighting for control of drug and stolen fuel.
Authorities did not say which criminal group was suspected in the latest attack.
In March, the burnt bodies of seven people were found abandoned in a pick-up truck in Selaya.
And in January, six members of a family were killed in a rural community in the state of Guanajuato – the fifth such attack in the municipality of Silao in four months.
Since December 2006, when the government launched a controversial military counter-narcotics operation, Mexico has recorded more than 340,000 homicides, according to official figures.
Authorities have blamed organized crime for most of the killings.
President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador has championed a “no hug bullet” strategy to tackle violent crime at its root by fighting poverty and inequality through social programs rather than with the military.
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