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Five boys among nine murdered by Mexican hit squad as bloody cartel war intensifies

AT LEAST nine people including five boys were executed by a Mexican drug gang that stormed an amusement arcade.

Four cartel thugs armed with military weapons sprayed bullets into the gaming centre in Uruapan, Michoacán after blasting their way inside on Monday, local media reports.

The narco hit-squad slaughtered eight victims in the arcade bloodbath, with a ninth dying in hospital as doctors battled to save him.

Shocking footage shows victims sprawled on the floor as one mum screams ‘my son has been wounded’.

A woman and a young child were among those murdered in the massacre, it is reported.

Five of the dead were aged between 12 and 18 years old with two males injured.

The arcade was being used as a drug-selling point, according to the newspaper Razon.

DRUG MASSACRE

The killers - believed to be linked to one of Mexico’s most powerful drug gangs Jalisco New Generation Cartel - were hunting two rival gang members, witnesses claimed.

Their reported targets, 'El Ruso' y 'El Pelón', are alleged members of Los Viagras, which has waged a deadly war with the Jalisco New Generation Cartel mob.

No arrests have yet been made.

Uruapan has been engulfed in bloody battles between the rival crime clans for two years.

Luis Felipe 'El Vocho' Barragán Ayala, said to have led Los Viagras in Uruapan, was captured after a shootout with security forces last Friday.

He is said to be one of the most feared and violent gang leaders in the region.

'El Vocho' – Mexican slang for a VW Beetle – is suspected of ordering the murder of 19 people, whose mutilated bodies were hung from a highway overpass in August.

Some of the bodies had been dismembered, with all of the victims shot dead.

There were 2,049 murders in Michoacán in 2019, making it the sixth most dangerous state in Mexico.

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