13 Dead and 20 Wounded in Juarez

From the El Paso Times - Gunmen killed 13 young people and wounded 20 others at a birthday party Friday night in Juárez - a massacre that has once again brought international attention to one of the world's most violent cities. The Chihuahua state attorney general's office reported that the dead ranged in age from 13 to 30 and included six women and girls. The 20 people wounded, including a 9-year-old boy, were being treated at various hospitals. The multiple killing was condemned at the highest levels of the Mexican government and shocked the city accustomed to several murders a day, due in part to a war between the Sinaloa and Juárez drug cartels. Shortly before 11 p.m. Friday, the victims were celebrating a birthday party in two homes on Arquitectos street in colonia Horizontes del Sur in east Juárez, according to an initial account from state authorities. The assailants, armed with assault rifles, arrived in two vehicles, stormed into the homes and began shooting indiscriminately as party guests attempted to run to safety. Read more here:


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