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Attack at Mexico holiday party leaves 12 dead: authorities

Attack at Mexico holiday party leaves 12 dead: authorities

Monday, December 18, 2023, 11:34 GMT+7
Attack at Mexico holiday party leaves 12 dead: authorities
Authorities work at the scene where members of an armed group opened fire to partygoers attending a posada, in Salvatierra, in Guanajuato state, Mexico, December 17, 2023. Photo: Reuters

A dozen people were killed in an attack at a holiday party in the central Mexican state of Guanajuato, Mexican authorities said Sunday.

The attack took place at dawn in the town of Salvatierra when an armed group opened fire on partygoers attending a posada, a traditional Mexican party held in the days leading up to Christmas, according to local media.

The state's attorney general office said on X that 12 people had been killed without giving any more details.

Guanajuato, home to a significant number of automotive and aeronautics factories, has in recent years become one of the most violent states in the country, amid clashes between powerful drug trafficking groups.

Authorities work at the scene where members of an armed group opened fire to partygoers attending a posada, in Salvatierra, in Guanajuato state, Mexico, December 17, 2023. Photo: Reuters

Authorities work at the scene where members of an armed group opened fire to partygoers attending a posada, in Salvatierra, in Guanajuato state, Mexico, December 17, 2023. Photo: Reuters

Police officers and vehicles are positioned outside the site of a party where, according to local media, an armed group opened fire on partygoers attending a posada, a traditional Mexican party held in the days leading up to Christmas, in Salvatierra, Guanajuato state, Mexico December 17, 2023, in this screen grab obtained from social media video. Photo: Reuters

Police officers and vehicles are positioned outside the site of a party where, according to local media, an armed group opened fire on partygoers attending a posada, a traditional Mexican party held in the days leading up to Christmas, in Salvatierra, Guanajuato state, Mexico December 17, 2023, in this screen grab obtained from social media video. Photo: Reuters

The burnt wreckage of a car stands at the scene where members of an armed group opened fire to partygoers attending a posada, in Salvatierra, in Guanajuato state, Mexico, December 17, 2023. Photo: Reuters

The burnt wreckage of a car stands at the scene where members of an armed group opened fire to partygoers attending a posada, in Salvatierra, in Guanajuato state, Mexico, December 17, 2023. Photo: Reuters

A tow truck moves the burnt wreckage of a truck off the scene where members of an armed group opened fire to partygoers attending a posada, in Salvatierra, in Guanajuato state, Mexico, December 17, 2023. Photo: Reuters

A tow truck moves the burnt wreckage of a truck off the scene where members of an armed group opened fire to partygoers attending a posada, in Salvatierra, in Guanajuato state, Mexico, December 17, 2023. Photo: Reuters

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