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Mexico: Ten dead in an armed attack on car racing participants


From a pickup truck, gunmen opened fire on a group of amateur drivers at a motorsport in northern Mexico, leaving nine injured and ten dead, according to the authorities.

A shooting at a group of amateur racing drivers in the northern Mexican town of Ensenada, near the US border, left 10 dead and nine injured, Saturday, Mexican authorities said Sunday.

The motorists were racing and parked on the side of a highway when a group of gunmen got out of a pickup truck and opened fire at them.

Ensenada authorities said in a statement that the attack resulted in “nine injuries and 10 deaths.”

Video clips circulated on social media showed the bodies of the victims scattered on a dusty sidewalk next to four-wheel drive vehicles.

And the Attorney General’s Office in the state of Baja California, where the city of Ensenada is located, which is constantly witnessing violence related to drug trafficking, announced the formation of a “special investigation group” to identify the killers and determine the motives for the attack. The Red Cross also treated a number of the wounded before transferring them to hospitals in the city.

The state of Baja California records the largest number of intentional homicides, most of which are attributed to criminal organizations, and between January and April 721 murders were recorded in the state, according to official figures.

More than 400,000 people have been killed in Mexico, mired in a spiral of violence, and tens of thousands have gone missing since the start of a military anti-drug campaign in 2006 with the support of the United States.

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