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Massacre in Mexican bar leaves 11 people dead

MEXICO CITY, MEXICO - APRIL 21: Aerial view of an empty water park during lockdown to halt spread of COVID-19 on April 21, 2020 in Mexico City, Mexico. Mexico is under health emergency, which implies that only essential activities are permitted. Government suggested population to stay at home but quarantine is not obligatory as there is major concern about the economic activity. Hugo Lopez-Gatell Undersecretary of Prevention and Health Promotion announced the extension of the measures until at least, May 30 in those cities with a bigger risk and number of contagion. (Photo by Hector Vivas/Getty Images)

MONTERREY, Mexico, Sept 27 (Reuters) - A massacre in a bar left 11 people dead on Sunday, Mexican authorities said, as the country grapples with a record homicide rate despite the government's pledge to stop gang violence.

The attorney general’s office of the central Mexican state of Guanajuato said the bodies of seven men and four women were found in the bar in the early hours of Sunday morning in the city of Jaral del Progreso. Another woman was found with gunshot injuries, authorities said in a news release.

Guanajuato, a major carmaking hub, has become a recurring scene of criminal violence in Mexico, ravaged by a turf war between the local Santa Rosa de Lima gang and the powerful Jalisco New Generation Cartel.

In July, gunmen killed 24 people at a drug rehabilitation center in Guanajuato, marking one of the worst mass slayings since President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador took office pledging to reduce record levels of violence. (Reporting by Adriana Barrera; Writing by Laura Gottesdiener; Editing by Bill Berkrot)

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