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At least six dead as Mexico gunmen attack partygoers

Drug cartels and their private armies have made death a way of life in Mexico.

Drug cartels and their private armies have made death a way of life in Mexico. Photo: AP

Three gunmen have pulled up to a party in northern Mexico and opened fire on partygoers, killing six people and wounding 26 others.

Two of the dead were under 18, and five of the wounded were children. Four of the wounded were reported to be in critical condition at local hospitals, while 13 others were treated and released.

Prosecutors in the border state of Sonora said the killings in the city of Ciudad Obregon was an attack on a suspected cartel member who was wanted in homicide and other charges.

A fourth gunman who participated in the attack early on Friday was already at the party. The suspected cartel member tried to flee but was killed.

The attackers were able to escape.

Sonora has been the scene of bloody turf battles between various drug gangs.

-AAP

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