Fifteen dead in Mexican car wash shooting

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Thursday, October 28, 2010

Mexican drug cartel's spheres of influence as of 2008. Ever since Mexican president Felipe Calderon launched a war on drugs in 2006, 30,000 people have been killed in drug-related fighting.
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Fifteen people were shot dead on Wednesday in the western Mexican state of Nayarit. The attack occurred in a car wash in the city of Tepic, and, according to the state attorney general, was the work of a drug cartel. All 15 killed were workers at the Gamboa car wash.

"The workers were all men; they were washing cars when the gunmen, probably members of organized crime, drove up in SUVs and started opening fire," a spokesman for the state attorney general said on Wednesday. Pictures of the scene show bodies on the roadside with blood pooling at their heads.

The massacre, which was just blocks away from federal offices, resulted in the closure of schools and businesses in the area. It is not yet clear what the motive was behind the attack, although men who work at Mexican car washes are often spies for drug gangs.

This slaying is the third major murder in six days. On Friday, cartels killed fourteen people and wounded a nine year-old boy in Ciudad Juarez, a major battleground for fighting drug cartels. Two days later, hit men killed another 14 people in Tijuana. Both cities are major cities on the United States border; however, Nayarit is a quiet resort state that has largely been free of drug violence until now.


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