Fifteen people, including a 10-year-old child, died in two separate armed attacks in Mexico's most violent city of Ciudad Juarez, local officials said Friday.
Nine men and one woman died in a shootout in a busy bar near a border post with the United States overnight Thursday, according to a spokesman for the attorney general's office of Chihuahua state, where Juarez lies.
Witnesses said 16 armed masked men entered "El Castillo" bar, near an international bridge which links the city to El Paso, Texas, and fired indiscriminately.
Early Friday, a group of men armed with assault weapons attacked a nearby food stall where four men and a 10-year-old child were eating, killing them all, said a local police office who requested anonymity.
Ciudad Juarez, with 1.2 million inhabitants, is Mexico's most violent city and registered more than 3,100 killings last year alone.
Drug gangs, particularly linked to the Sinaloa and Juarez cartels, are blamed for much of the violence in battles for control of lucrative drug trafficking routes into the United States.
UPDATE:Several people who were at "El Castillo" said the attack happened less than 5 minutes after Federal police finished a "routine search" of the premises and customers for firearms.
According to witnesses, no weapons were found.
Photos: Bar El Castillo
4 men including a vendor and his ten year son were attacked and killed by gunmen while eating breakfast at a local stand, just two blocks from the bar El Castillo.