CIUDAD JUAREZ, Mexico – Three members of the same family were killed and three others wounded when gunmen opened fire on an SUV traveling in northern Mexico, the Chihuahua state Attorney General’s Office said.
The attack took place Wednesday near the town of San Isidro, 170 kilometers (106 miles) from the violent border metropolis of Ciudad Juarez.
Two of the wounded, described as a woman and her young son, arrived at a nearby hospital in critical condition, the AG’s office said.
Chihuahua, bordering Texas, accounts for 2,797, or 27.8 percent, of the more than 10,000 gangland killings Mexico has suffered this year, capital daily Reforma said last week.
Another focus of drug-related violence is the northern Gulf coast state of Tamaulipas, where six people were found slain Tuesday.
The bodies of five women – four of them minors – were discovered inside a home in the Solidaridad neighborhood of the Gulf port city of Tampico, the Tamaulipas AG’s office said.
Shell casings from high-caliber weapons littered the scene.
In Ciudad Victoria, the state capital, police found the body and severed head of a man left in two different parts of the city.
Beheadings and the use of assault rifles are tactics associated with drug-cartel enforcers.
Authorities blame turf battles between the cartels for most of the violence that has claimed nearly 30,000 lives in Mexico since December 2006, when newly inaugurated President Felipe Calderon militarized the struggle against organized crime. EFE