Nine dead in ranch massacre in Mexico: official
About 60 gunmen launched an attack on a ranch in Mexico's southern Guerrero state Sunday, killing nine people and leaving another six wounded, authorities said, the second such incident in two days. The AFP reported.
The attack with automatic weapons took place in Petatlan, on the property of a prominent rancher.
"Early this morning (Sunday), shortly after midnight, some 60 gunmen launched an assault on the home of Rogaciano Alba Alvarez, head of the Guerrero Cattlemen's Association, with at least nine people killed and another six seriously injured," a state official told AFP.
Alba Alvarez was not among those killed.
Hitmen arrived at the Alba ranch in six pickup trucks and opened fire with AK-47s, killing the ranch workers before "they apparently also kidnapped one of his daughters," the official added.
The violence came just 24 hours after Alba narrowly escaped an attack by another hit squad Saturday in Iguala, also in Guerrero state. Seven people were killed in that incident and another eight wounded.
Since December, Mexico's federal government has deployed 36,000 military troops in several states in an operation aimed at clamping down on organized crime.
But 16 people were killed in Guerrero state this weekend alone.