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Weekend gun violence in Mexico

November 10, 2015

A weekend of violence killed at least 16 people in Mexico's southern state of Guerrero after shootings at a cockfight and sports field. Motives are still under investigation.

Mexiko Massengrab bei Cocula entdeckt
Image: picture-alliance/dpa/R. Blackwell

Twelve people were killed, including two children, and five others were wounded when a gunfight erupted at Sunday night's cockfight in Cuajinicuilapa, the state prosecutor's office.

Some in the crowd apparently shot back at the attackers and prosecutors described it in a statement as "a confrontation."

Guerrero is the same state where 43 students disappeared after they were abducted last year by local police in the city of Iguala.

In the resort of Acapulco, further to the west, unidentified attackers started shooting at an amateur soccer match in broad daylight on the outskirts of the city, killing three people on Sunday.

Acapulco has earned the dubious distinction of being Mexico's murder capital, with the latest gun violence leaving four dead and three injured, municipal police said.

Authorities said the attacks at the cockfight and soccer game did not immediately appear to be related.

jar/jil (AP, AFP)