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Gun massacre at teen's birthday party in Mexican drug war capital

Eleven people were shot dead at the party.

Necklace pendants in the shapes of weapons, crosses and hearts are for sale at a shop in Iguala, Mexico. (File photo)
Necklace pendants in the shapes of weapons, crosses and hearts are for sale at a shop in Iguala, Mexico. (File photo)
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A TEENAGER’S 15TH birthday party became the scene of a ghastly massacre in southern Mexico where 11 people were fatally shot.

The shooting occurred Friday at a “quinceanera” coming-of-age celebration in the Mexican state of Guerrero, not far from the border with Michoacan, where drug-related crimes, including homicides, are a regular occurrence.

“There was a problem at a 15th birthday party, and according to the information we have, 11 people were killed,” said Guerrero’s governor Hector Astudillo, speaking to reporters at a news conference where few additional details were provided.

Like Michoacan, Guerrero, one of the poorest states in Mexico, has seen an explosion in drug-related abductions and homicides.

Southern Guerrero is also where 43 students disappeared in September 2014, after being attacked by municipal police and delivered to a drug cartel, which allegedly killed them.

© – AFP 2016

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