A total of ren unidentified individuals were massacred in northern Chihuahua, according to a Mexican news account.
A late report posted on the website of El Diario de Juarez news daily said that nine people, including one young girl were shot to death near a business in the Ciudad Juarez suburb of Loma Blanca Sunday night.
The Mexican news daily La Polaka said that at least ten were killed in the massacre.
A late news account posted on El Diario de Juarez quoted Chihuahua state Fiscalia General del Estado, or attorney general delegate, Investigacion y Persecucion del Delito en la Zona Norte, Jorge Gonzalez Nicolas, as saying two armed suspects has attacked the family Sunday, confirming the death toll at ten.
The report said that the family was holding a celebration at the patio of a residence near the intersection of Calle Manuel Belmont and Gomez Morin when armed suspects shot them using AK-47 rifles. Included in the list of victims were three survivors, all minors, and all taken for medical care.
The shooting is the worst single incident violence in the northern area of the state in many weeks. Much of the violence in northern Chihuahua, which reached its highest level in 2011, had shifted to southern regions where several of the larger cartels are known to cultivate drug crops.
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