Regional
9:59 am
Tue August 17, 2010

Juarez Massacre

Juarez, Mexico – At least nine people were killed in attacks by gunmen on two parties in the Mexican border city of Ciudad Juarez.

Prosecutors say the attacks happened Sunday. Five men were slain when gunmen burst into a house in a low-income neighborhood where a birthday party was being held and opened fire. Dozens of shells from the type of assault rifle favored by drug gangs were found at the scene.

Prosecutors say that in the other attack Sunday evening, gunmen killed three women and a man at another party. Prosecutor's spokesman Arturo Sandoval said the gunmen arrived in three vehicles, blocked off the street where the pool party was being held, and opened fire with assault rifles on a group of about 15 people.

Elsewhere in Ciudad Juarez, the bound, bullet-ridden bodies of four men were found dumped on a roadside.

Copyright 2010 The Associated Press.