A gunman opened fire at a bar in the central Mexican state of Guanajuato, killing nine people and wounding two. This information was reported by the news agency Reuters on Thursday about the local authorities.

Authorities said in a statement that an armed group entered the bar in the town of Apacio El Alto around 9 p.m. local time on Wednesday and opened fire.

Five men and four women were killed and two women were wounded in the gunfight, city officials said. The condition of the injured women is stable.

The assailants are yet to be identified. Officials said units from state and federal authorities, as well as the National Guard, would be deployed to the area.

City authorities also said that two posters containing references to a criminal group were found at the scene. Cartels in Mexico often leave messages after killings addressed to other groups or authorities.

Guanajuato is an industrial center. It has been wracked by turf wars between cartels in recent years. Twelve people were killed in a bar in the city of Irapuato last month, and 10 were killed in a nearby gunman attack in September.

Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador took office in 2018 promising to reduce cartel violence. Killings fell slightly in 2022, although López Obrador’s term remains the deadliest in modern history.

(11 November)