Truck-borne gunmen kill 11 in Mexico's western state of Jalisco


A soldier guards the area where eleven people were killed when unidentified gunmen riding in a truck opened fire in Tonala, State of Jalisco, Mexico February 27, 2021. REUTERS/Fernado Carranza

MEXICO CITY (Reuters) - Unidentified gunmen riding in a truck opened fire with rifles on Saturday to kill 11 people in Mexico's western state of Jalisco, causing injuries to a woman and a youth as well, authorities said.

Jalisco, where a former governor was shot dead in December, is one of the epicenters of Mexico's drug-related warfare, and home to the powerful Jalisco New Generation Cartel (CJNG).

The state prosecutor's office said 10 men with gunshot wounds were found dead outside a home in Tonala, a municipality in the Guadalajara area, with another male body discovered inside.

The injured woman and young man, who appeared to be a minor, were treated, the office said in a statement, but other details were not immediately known.

President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador took office in late 2018 pledging to reduce entrenched violence, but he continues to grapple with mass killings and tens of thousands of homicides a year.

In December, former Jalisco Governor Aristoteles Sandoval was shot dead in a restaurant in the beach town of Puerto Vallarta.

(Reporting by Daina Beth Solomon and Sharay Angulo)

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