Seven killed in attacks in Mexico

July 2nd, 2008 - 12:28 pm ICT by IANS  

Mexico City, July 2 (IANS) At least seven people have been killed by unidentified gunmen in three separate attacks in northern Mexico, EFE news agency reported Wednesday quoting officials. Three men were killed Monday night in Culiacan city in northern Mexican state of Sinaloa, the provincial Attorney General’s Office said, adding that professional killers were suspected to have carried out the murders using AK-47 assault rifles - the weapon of choice for Mexico’s powerful drug cartels.

Four other people were also gunned down in the same night in the state of Chihuahua, which borders Texas.

In this case also, the police believe that the drug mafia is involved. Media accounts and eyewitnesses said that the victims were chased down by an armed group before they were gunned down.

More than 1,900 people have been killed in attacks so far this year in Mexico. In 2007, about 2,700 killings were reported, according to the El Universal newspaper.

Most of the deaths have been attributed to drug cartels and other organised-crime elements.

Northern states such as Sinaloa and Chihuahua, which bestride some of the main routes for smuggling drugs into the US, have been particularly hard hit.

Sinaloa is also the home turf of fugitive drug lord Joaquin El Chapo Guzman, who escaped from a maximum-security prison in early 2001.

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