10 killed in central Mexico bar shooting

Relatives of some of the victims of a shooting at a night club comfort each other outside the premises, in the Apaseo el Grande municipality, Guanajuato state, Mexico on March 12, 2023

Ten people were shot to death and another five were wounded in an attack at a bar in Mexico's central state of Guanajuato, officials said Sunday.

The attack took place after 11:00pm local time on Saturday (0500 GMT) at the "El Estadio" bar, when a group of armed men burst in and opened fire at customers and employees of the bar along a highway that connects the cities of Celaya and Queretaro.

The current death toll is seven men and three women, officials said.

Guanajuato, a prosperous industrial region and home to some of Mexico's most popular tourist destinations, has become the country's bloodiest state.

Two cartels, Santa Rosa de Lima and Jalisco Nueva Generacion, are fighting deadly turf wars in the state, where they are known to conduct drug trafficking and fuel theft.