5 killed in attack on Mexican bar

April 3rd, 2011 - 11:01 am ICT by IANS  

Ciudad Juarez (Mexico), April 3 (IANS/EFE) Five people were killed and three were wounded in an attack on a bar in this Mexican city, authorities said.

Arturo Sandoval, spokesman for the Attorney General’s Office in Chihuahua state, where Ciudad Juarez is located, said the attack occurred Friday night when several heavily armed men arrived in two vehicles and fired gunshots and hurled Molotov cocktails inside the bar.

“Five people - three men and two women - suffered deadly burns in the Las Barritas bar,” Sandoval said Saturday.

Three employees of the nightspot were seriously wounded and taken to a local hospital for medical treatment, municipal authorities said.

This latest attack occurred 24 hours after a separate group of gunmen killed 10 people at another bar in Ciudad Juarez, located across the border from El Paso, Texas.

About 300 bars and 4,000 food establishments have closed in Ciudad Juarez since 2009 because of the violence in the city, the Restaurant and Prepared Foods Industry Association says.

More than 3,100 people were murdered in the border city last year, the deadliest since a war between rival drug gangs sent the homicide rate skyrocketing in 2008.


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