Four shot dead in Mexican bar’s parking lot

March 9th, 2011 - 11:03 am ICT by IANS  

Mexico City, March 9 (IANS/EFE) At least four people were killed and seven wounded when gunmen attacked them in the parking lot of a bar in northwestern Mexico, officials said.

The attack occurred Tuesday in the parking lot of the bar in Mazatlan, a resort city, Sinaloa state Attorney General’s Office spokesmen said.

Over the weekend, seven police officers and three gunmen died in two shootouts in Sinaloa.

Sinaloa is the home of a drug trafficking organisation run by Joaquin “El Chapo” (Shorty) Guzman, considered Mexico’s most powerful criminal.

Guzman, who was arrested in Guatemala in 1993, pulled off a Hollywood-style jailbreak when he escaped from high-security prison in the western state of Jalisco in 2001.

More than 35,000 people have died since President Felipe Calderon declared war on the country’s cartels shortly after taking office in December 2006.

–IANS/EFE
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