17 Machine-Gunned at Mexican Party

Drug hitmen blamed in gruesome attack
By Jane Yager,  Newser Staff
Posted Jul 19, 2010 3:18 AM CDT
Map locates Torreon in Mexico's Coahuila state, where authorities say drug-related violence has spiked   (Associated Press)
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(Newser) – Gunmen stormed a birthday party in the northern Mexico city of Torreon yesterday, killing 17 people and injuring 10. The attackers, reported to be drug hitmen, sprayed more than 200 bullets at partygoers inside a walled garden, reports the BBC. "They came in, opened fire and shot against everything that moved," a local official said. The attack is the latest example of the increasingly violent turf war between rival drug gangs in the northern Mexican state of Coahuila, a key transit point along drug-smuggling routes between Mexico and the US, reports the BBC.

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