Mexico: Ten Killed In ‘Gang War Attack’


Ten people have been killed in an attack on a beer distribution centre on the outskirts of Monterrey in northern Mexico.A state government official said a number of armed men arrived in two vehicles at around 3.30pm, demanded money from workers and then began shooting.

Ten Killed In 'Gang War Attack'

According to reports, they stripped seven of the victims and fled with 10,000 pesos (£410) in cash.

“Seven died at the scene of the attack and three more in hospital,” Nuevo Leon State Attorney General Javier Flores said.

Mr Flores told a news conference the attack may have been part of a dispute between gang members.

He said guns, ammunition magazines and packages of drugs were found at the scene.

The distribution centre is in Garcia, to the northwest of Monterrey, the capital of Nuevo Leon state.

Garcia is the hometown of Jaime “El Bronco” Rodriguez, the former mayor who made headlines when he became the first independent candidate to win a gubernatorial election in the country.

The Nuevo Leon governor-elect came to fame when he served as mayor from 2009 to 2012 and defied the ultra-violent Zetas drug cartel.

Mr Rodriguez says he survived two assassination attempts during that time and that his daughter was briefly kidnapped when she was two years old.

Zetas leader Omar Trevino, alias “Z-42,” was captured in March in another Monterrey suburb, the upper-class district of San Pedro Garza Garcia.

The Zetas are accused of being behind an arson attack against a Monterrey casino that left 52 people dead in 2010.

The gang, founded by military deserters, used to be the armed wing of the Gulf cartel until the two sides split in 2010, leading to bloody turf wars.

Mexico’s border states are major drug routes to the United States and have endured some of the worst violence in rivalries that have left more than 80,000 people dead and 22,000 missing across the country since 2006.

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