Five people shot dead on the street in northern Mexico
In yet another massacre in Mexico, unknown attackers shot dead five people in broad daylight in the northern Mexican city of Chihuahua, Mexican media reported Friday, citing authorities, dpa reported.
In the escalation of violence that plagues the country and claims mass murders on a near daily basis, the attackers stopped two cars in which the victims were being held, forced out the five occupants, put them against a wall and executed them.
The reports cited police in the northern Mexican state of Chihuahua, on the border with the United States.
The multiple killings - in which 9-millimetre and .45-calibre weapons were used - happened around 1 pm (1900 GMT) Thursday, the authorities said.
The dead had not yet been identified and nobody had claimed responsibility for the killings.
Also Thursday, 13 bodies were found near an abandoned truck on a rural path in the municipality of San Ignacio, in the north- western Mexican state of Sinaloa, local police said.
The bodies had been shot by AK-47 rifles and were found with their faces down, lined up and with their hands tied behind their backs, a spokeswoman for San Ignacio police told Deutsche Presse-Agentur dpa.
These killings were typical of organized crime. Over 5,000 people have died in Mexico - mostly in northern states - since January in incidents linked to organized crime. The killings are believed to be linked to a war among drug gangs for control of territory.