Gang massacres 7 at Mexican family Christmas celebration

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Oaxaca, Oaxaca state, Mexico: Carved radishes are displayed during the celebration of the Night of the Radishes in Oaxaca, Mexico on December 23, 2016. The Night of the Radishes is an annual carving event that has its origins in the colonial period when radishes were introduced by the Spanish. Farmers began carving radishes into figures as a way to attract customers’ attention during the Christmas season. AFP/Patricia Castellanos

December 26, 2016
ACAPULCO, Mexico (AFP) - An armed gang slaughtered seven people -- including three police officers -- at a family Christmas celebration in Mexico's violent southern state of Guerrero on Sunday, police told AFP.

The massacre occurred early Christmas Day outside a house in the village of Puente del Rey, where the gunmen shot dead the six men and one woman, aged 24 to 54.

Those killed were three brothers, their father, their uncle, and a man and a woman who were invited to the home.

Three of the victims were police officers, a regional security ministry official said.

Guerrero is one of Mexico's states most affected by brutal drug gangs which frequently battle each other, as well as carrying out kidnappings and extortion.

It recently earned international infamy as a region where 43 students in 2014 went missing, and were presumably murdered, at the hands of corrupt police working for criminals.