Eight men were killed in separate shootings in Ciudad Juarez, Mexico’s murder capital, police said.
Gunmen armed with assault rifles entered a house Monday in the southern section of Juarez, located across the Rio Grande from El Paso, Texas, and opened fire on the four men inside, the Ciudad Juarez municipal police department said.
Three of the men were pronounced dead at the scene, while the fourth man died while being transported by an ambulance to a clinic.
The naked body of a man who had been bound with duct tape was thrown from a moving car a few hours earlier on an avenue in the border city.
A message signed by a criminal organization was left with the body, the police department said.
Gunmen opened fire on a man who was walking down a street in downtown Juarez, killing him.
A man who tried to take shelter in his house was shot dead by gunmen riding in a vehicle, leaving the body hanging on a fence, police said.
Gunmen cut off a vehicle carrying four people earlier in the day and opened fire, killing one of the people inside and wounding the other three.
The motive for the killings has not been determined and the victims have not been identified, police said.
Over the weekend, a Ciudad Juarez police supervisor was murdered by gunmen while driving to work.
The victim, who unofficial reports identified as Fabian Ramirez, was driving to work with another police officer Saturday morning in his private automobile when the attack occurred.
Three municipal police officers have been killed in Ciudad Juarez since the start of this month by suspected drug traffickers.
Ciudad Juarez has been plagued by drug-related violence for years.
The border city, which topped the list of the world’s deadliest cities for three consecutive years, dropped to second last year with 148 homicides for every 100,000 residents.
The murder rate took off in the border city of 1.5 million people in 2007, when 310 people were killed, then it more than tripled to 1,607 in 2008, according to Chihuahua Attorney General’s Office figures, with the number of killings climbing to 2,754 in 2009.
More than 3,100 people were murdered in the border city in 2010, making it the worst year since the cartel turf war sent the homicide rate skyrocketing in 2008.
About 2,000 people were murdered in Juarez in 2011.