Weekend violence kills 18 in western Mexico

08 January 2018 - 07:24 By AFP
Around eighteen people were killed in weekend violence on Mexico's west coast. File photo.
Around eighteen people were killed in weekend violence on Mexico's west coast. File photo.
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At least eighteen people were killed in weekend violence on Mexico's west coast, authorities said Sunday.

The bloodshed came after 30 people were killed and seven more suffered gunshot wounds over two days of drug trafficking-fuelled violence in Chihuahua state.

In a rural areas of Guerrero state, people opposed to a proposed dam attacked a village during a festival, sparking a series of clashes that left 11 dead, a state police spokesman said.

The state, home to popular beach destinations such as Acapulco, Ixtapa and Zihuatanejo, is also one of the poorest states in Mexico and among the hardest hit by organised crime.

In addition, navy forces clashed with suspected hitmen late Saturday, killing seven of them in San Jose del Cabo in Baja California state, officials said.

More than two dozen more people were killed in the Chihuahua state just ahead of the weekend.

Thirty were killed on Thursday and Friday in the northern state, which borders the US, while another died Saturday of serious injuries.

Carlos Huerta, the spokesman for the local prosecutor's office, said the violence was due to attacks by the rival Juarez and Sinaloa cartels.

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