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Gunmen Kill 3 in Mexico City Shootings

Gunmen dressed as traditional mariachi musicians have killed at least three people in Mexico City.

The unknown gunmen killed three people and wounded seven others in a square in downtown Mexico City popular with foreign tourists, police said.

The armed men opened fire at a road crossing on the edge of the Plaza Garibaldi, a major tourist attraction packed with mariachi bars.

The three assailants carried out the shootings shortly before 10 pm on Friday (0300 GMT Saturday) in the busy Plaza Garibaldi, then fled from the scene on motorbikes, the police said.

Neither the motive for the attack nor the identities of the gunmen were known, but the Plaza Garibaldi borders the notorious Tepito district, home to the violent La Union drugs gang.

Tepito has suffered a wave of violence over the last month after the gang’s presumed leader, Roberto Moyado Esparza – or El Betito – was arrested.

The number of killings in the city, the Mexican capital, has surged since 2014.

More than 200,000 people have been killed or have disappeared since December 2006, when Mexico’s government declared war on organised crime.

Mexico experienced its most violent year in 2017 with more than 25,000 murders, official figures suggest. It is the highest annual tally since modern records began. Organised crime accounted for nearly three-quarters of those murders.

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