March 29th, 2010
03:24 PM ET

10 people, ages 8-21, shot dead in Mexico

Ten children, youths and young adults between the ages of 8 and 21 were gunned down, presumably by drug traffickers, in the northern Mexican state of Durango, the state's attorney general said Monday.

The incident happened Sunday on a road near the town of Pueblo Nuevo in southern Durango.

Attorney General Daniel Garcia Leal said that unknown gunmen who had set up a fake checkpoint on the road shot and even threw grenades at the victims, the state-run Notimex news agency reported.

The victims were in a pickup truck, returning to their homes after having traveled to pick up money to support their school as part of a government social program, Garcia Leal said. The gunmen motioned the truck to stop but the victims, out of fear of being robbed or assaulted, did not comply, the attorney general said.

No arrests had been made in the incident, which is the latest in which children have found themselves caught in the middle of the country's violent drug wars. In January, in a case of mistaken identity, 15 people, mostly teenagers, were killed when gunmen attacked a house party in Ciudad Juarez, Mexico.

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  1. wayne

    Dugo I think you have hit the nail on the head. You have the only answer. All the druggies who fall are simply "Collateral Damage". No lose there. No buyers, no market. Problem solved. Can you imagine just how many problems would be solved?
    No druggies, no drug related crime, and I'm sure you would find that most crime is drug related. OMG, you have the answer. I don't know what you do for a living but you deserve a raise. Hey, it might also clean house in Washington, DC. My guess is most if not all of the executive branch, at least half of the legislative branch and I don't have a clue about the judicial folks but I'm sure it would get a couple of those too. No big deal. They all need to be replaced anyway. Man, you're really on to something here.

    June 19, 2010 at 11:22 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Jimmyleetexas

    US drug policies have been leading us here since the 1960s. There is no quick fix. The US kicked off this party by spending all its money on weapons and oil, while ignoring crime and poverty and putting education at the back of the bus. Responsibility lies with everybody who thinks their income, house, and car are more important than education and social responsibility.
    Sputtering and posturing don't help, Wayne. Not being willing to accept other opinions also does not help.
    The real solution to these problems is to fix our own society. Don't expect it to be easy or quick.

    June 28, 2010 at 11:08 am | Report abuse |
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