‘Gunmen kill 10 in northern Mexico’

A member of the local police stands guard on January 31, 2012 in Ciudad Juarez.

Ten people have been shot to death when assailants armed with assault rifles opened fire on a house in the northern Mexican city of Ciudad Juarez, officials say.

Officials said on Monday that two men carrying AK-47 rifles stormed the house late Sunday and started shooting at the people inside who were celebrating a baseball victory, AFP reported.

“Two assassins entered the home and fired,” Chihuahua state attorney general Carlos Manuel Salas told reporters, citing a preliminary investigation.

“The victims were honorable, decent people who came to celebrate a baseball victory,” Manuel Salas said.

The Chihuahua state prosecutor’s office said the dead included eight men, a woman, and a six-year-old girl.

The authorities did not disclose a possible motive for the attack.

Ciudad Juarez, a city of 1.3 million people, has seen thousands of drug-related murders in recent years.

Drug-related violence in Mexico has killed more than 70,000 people since former President Felipe Calderon launched an offensive against drug cartels in December 2006.

On July 25, Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto admitted that organized criminal gangs have gained the upper hand in some parts of the country, including the states of Michoacan, Mexico and Guerrero, despite increased military troops in those areas.

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