Five boys and five girls from three families, all aged from eight to 21, were killed when the attackers opened gunfire and threw grenades at the truck© flickr.com/
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At least 10 people, mainly children and teenagers, were killed when a group of attackers gunned a pickup truck in Mexico, the country's prosecutors said on Tuesday.
The tragedy took place near the city of Los Naranjos in the central Mexican state of Durango. The truck, which carried students from a rural community to the city, was ordered to stop by a man in military uniform.
Five boys and five girls from three families, all aged from eight to 21, were killed when the attackers opened gunfire and threw grenades at the truck.
The motive for the attack is unknown, though preliminary reports indicate that the attack was carried out by a drug cartel with a purpose to put additional pressure on federal authorities.
Crime is among the most urgent concerns facing Mexico, with drag trafficking being the country's major woe. Hundreds of people are being killed annually by drug mafia in the Latin American state.
In his New Year's speech, Mexican President Felipe Calderon declared fighting drug crimes in Mexico the government's top priority for 2010.
MEXICO, March 30 (RIA Novosti)
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