The drug war in Mexico is getting more brutal. And even children are more and more affected.
At least 12 people, including two children, have now been killed in two gun attacks in the Mexican state of Guanajuato. Four were seriously injured. The perpetrators apparently opened the first fire on a children’s birthday party.
They shot a group of people in a house in Silao Township, killing four women, a man and a three-year-old child, the prosecutor said on Sunday.
A handwritten sign with a message was found in the apartment, which should indicate a drug gang.
Later that evening, armed men killed six members of the same family in the Apaseo el Grande community, including a 14-year-old boy, according to prosecutors. An eight month old baby was seriously injured.
Violence in the central state of Guanajuato has risen sharply in recent years. The two drug cartels Santa Rosa de Lima and Jalisco Nueva Generación are fighting for control of the lucrative drug trade and the market for stolen fuels.
Since the government of Mexico City launched a controversial military anti-drug operation in December 2006, more than 300,000 violent deaths have been recorded in the country. In the past year alone, the authorities recorded more than 36,000 murders.
There are numerous powerful drug cartels and other criminal groups, often linked to corrupt politicians and security forces. Most of the crimes are never resolved.