Three members of the same family, including an eight-year-old boy, were shot and killed in this northern Mexican border city by a group of suspected cartel hit men, the second such incident in recent days, authorities said.
The boy and his parents were riding in their pick-up truck when they were attacked Friday by several armed men in another vehicle on one of the main thoroughfares in Ciudad Juarez, located across the border from El Paso, Texas, a municipal police spokesperson said.
Authorities have not yet revealed the identities of the victims or a possible motive for the attack.
On Wednesday, another family of three was killed inside their home in a popular Juarez neighborhood by eight armed men who burst into the residence.
More than 9,000 homicides have occurred from 2008 to the present in Juarez in a war for control of smuggling routes into the United States being waged by the Juarez and Sinaloa cartels with backing from hit men from local street gangs.
In 2010, drug-war-related violence in the border city claimed 3,100 lives.
Chihuahua state, where Juarez is located, has accounted for nearly 30 percent of the more than 40,000 deaths registered in Mexico since President Felipe Calderon militarized the struggle against the country’s drug cartels shortly after taking office in December 2006.