Gunmen in Mexico kill 11 in attack on family

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Police investigating whether the massacre, which also left two children dead, was related to organised crime or a family dispute

Gunmen have marched into a remote mountain village in Mexico and killed 11 members of the same family, including two children.

Five women, four men and two girls were killed in El Mirador, a community in central Puebla state, near Oaxaca on Friday. The motive of the massacre was under investigation.

Two other minors were badly wounded and taken to the hospital, said Vicente Lopez de la Vega, the mayor of the town of Coxcatlan, which oversees El Mirador.

The Puebla state prosecutors office said in a statement that initial reports indicate that people arrived on foot where the family was located, fired several times and left on foot.

Prosecutors said the two wounded children were also girls.

The statement did not specify where the family was during the attack.

A state government official, who spoke on condition of anonymity because he was not authorised to speak publicly, said the attack took place inside one home.

But some local media said the bodies were found in several homes.

The prosecutors office said two people witnessed the massacre and that both have been put under police protection.

The statement said more information would be available after authorities can communicate with investigators, who are working in a remote region.

An official at the prosecutors office said authorities are trying to establish whether the crime was related to organised crime or a family dispute.

The village is inhabited by evangelicals who broke away from another community of Catholics, El Potrero. But the mayor said the two villages respected each other.

It would be adventurous to say that the motive of the murder was religion. We dont know of any persecution. It could be family issues or organised crime, Lopez de la Vega said.

Its a community in harmony, but things change. Theres immigration. Many go north of the country and to the United States. Sometimes when people come back the harmony is lost, he said.

While drug violence is not common in Puebla, some bodies have turned up in recent months.

In March, an undetermined number of human remains were found in various containers filled with acid in a rural area.

In April, four bodies were found inside a burnt car near Veracruz, an eastern state beset by murders and disappearances linked to drug cartels. Two of the bodies belonged to sisters of a jailed Zetas drug cartel member, Veracruz authorities said.

That same day, three other bodies were found in the same area near a facility of state-run oil firm Pemex.

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