September 22, 2013
A total of nine unidentified individuals were massacred in a remote town in northern Chihuahua, according to a Mexican news account.
A late report posted on the website of El Diario de Juarez news daily said that nine people, including one young girl were shot to death near a business in Loma Blanca municipality Sunday.
The report said that the family was holding a celebration at the patio of a residence when armed suspects shot them using AK-47 rifles. Included in the list of victims were three survivors, all minors, and all taken for medical care.
The shooting is the worst single incident violence in the northern area of the state in many weeks. Much of the violence in northern Chihuahua, which reached its highest level in 2011, had shifted to southern regions where several of the larger cartels are known to cultivate drug crops.