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Nine dead in ranch massacre in Mexico: official

Some 60 gunmen launched an attack on a ranch in Mexico's southern Guerrero state on Sunday, killing nine people and leaving another six wounded.
AFP | By HT Correspondent, Petatlan
UPDATED ON MAY 05, 2008 03:52 AM IST

Some 60 gunmen launched an attack on a ranch in Mexico's southern Guerrero state on Sunday, killing nine people and leaving another six wounded, authorities said, the second such incident in two days.

The attack took place in Petatlan, on the property of a prominent rancher.

"Early this morning (Sunday) shortly after midnight some 60 gunmen launched an assault on the home of Rogaciano Alba Alvarez, head of the Guerrero Cattlemen's Association, with at least nine people killed and another six seriously injured," a state official told AFP. Alba Alvarez was not among those killed.

The violence came just 24 hours after he narrowly escaped an attack by another hit squad on Saturday in Iguala, also in Guerrero state. Seven people were killed in that incident and another eight wounded.

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