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Cartel gunmen storm quinceañera party executing 8 people in Chihuahua

April 16, 2017  |  Posted by: Francesca Falzarano
Cartel gunmen storm quinceañera party executing 8 people in Chihuahua

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The bodies of eight victims have been recovered after gunmen raided a quinceañera party this week in the western Chihuahua mountains bordering the Mexican state of Sonora.

The party for a 15-year-old girl started on Monday night on the main plaza of Moris, a small mining town located 200 miles west of Chihuahua City, according to the Chihuahua attorney general’s office.

The celebration was still going on at 6 a.m. on Tuesday when police, who had been guarding the event, left and gunmen arrived in a group of cars from Sonora, Vanguardia reported.

The gunmen opened fire on some of the party guests and kidnapped several others after forcing guests out of their hotel rooms next to the town square.

Mexican soldiers are part of a rapid response deployed in Western Chihuahua

“Witnesses told agents that during the party there were no problems and that there were members of the municipal police guarding so perhaps the armed group thought that among the attendees were people who could cause them problems,” the attorney general’s office said in a press release.

Three bodies were discovered on Tuesday, and the remains of five others were recovered later in the week. Two men had been strangled, one was killed from a head injury, and the others had been shot, including a 40-year-old who was shot at least nine times.

The mountains in the southwestern portion of Chihuahua are in an area known for its weed and heroin production.

The area has seen a recent spike in violence, including a massive firefight between rival groups of the Juárez cartel near the town of Cuauhtemoc and the killing of a Sinaloa cartel leader whose body was set on fire in March.

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