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Fourteen people lost their lives in random drive-by shootings in Mexico last night.

And that was just in two cities. In Guadalajara…

Armed men opened fire and hurled a grenade into a crowded nightclub early Saturday morning, killing six people and wounding at least 37 in a western city whose former tranquility has been shattered by escalating battles among drug cartels.

In the Guadalajara attack, assailants in a Jeep Cherokee and a taxi drove up to the Butter Club, located in a bar and restaurant district popular with young people, and sprayed it with bullets.

Some of the men then got out of the taxi and threw a grenade into the nightclub entrance, said a police official, who spoke to news media at the scene and left without giving his name.

The gunmen fled after the pre-dawn attack, he said.

Meanwhile, outside of Mexico City…

A gunman opened fire on two women and seven men, killing all but one, in a drive-by shooting on the outskirts of Mexico City early this morning.

The deaths are the latest in a terrifying surge of drug-related violence which has claimed the lives of almost 40 people across Mexico this weekend.

Graphic images show the bodies lying in a street in the working-class neighbourhood of San Agustin Atlapulco.

One younger man, aged under 25, survived and was taken to hospital.

Police say a gunman drove past the group and opened fire just before 1am today in what they believe to be a drug-related incident. The bodies have not yet been identified.

The bloody attack in the capital comes after a weekend of killings which have rocked the cities of Monterrey, Guadalajara and the district of Chihuahua, home to Mexico’s deadliest city, Ciudad Juarez.

In the violence-torn city just four miles from El Paso, Texas – where two U.S. teenagers were shot last week – 11 people were slain in separate murders between Friday night and Saturday.

Five more men were shot on the road between Ciudad Juarez and the state capital, Chihuahua City.

The prosperous city of Monterrey was also hit by violence on Saturday, when eight people died in a police shoot-out.

According to the Secretariat of Defense, a special unit of soldiers and police known as the

Immediate Reaction Group stopped two suspicious vehicles in a Monterrey suburb at around 4am.
Those inside responded by pulling out their weapons and opening fire. The Secretariat said ‘seven alleged aggressors lost their lives’ in the ensuing gun battle, and added the attackers ‘struck the side of a vehicle, resulting in a civilian death.’

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