SILAO, Mexico (AFP) – Authorities said Wednesday that at least eight people were killed in a shooting in a region of central Mexico beset by territorial disputes between rival drug cartels, including two children.
According to the regional prosecutor’s office, two shooters on a motorcycle opened fire at homes in the municipality of Silao in Guanajuato state late Tuesday.
According to the report, the dead included a one-year-old and a 16-year-old girl.
Due to feuding between the Santa Rosa de Lima and Jalisco New Generation cartels, Guanajuato has become one of Mexico’s most violent states.
The gangs are battling it out for control of the lucrative narcotics and stolen gasoline sectors.
In Silao, 11 individuals were killed in two similar incidents in mid-November.
According to official data, Mexico has reported more than 300,000 homicides since 2006, when the government initiated a contentious anti-drug military operation.