Nine killed in shooting at drug house in central Mexico

Six men and three women died on Wednesday in a shooting attack on a house where drugs were sold in central Mexico.

Authorities in Puebla state, east of Mexico City, said the attack took place in the pre-dawn hours.

Puebla Governor Miguel Barbosa said none of the nine victims were from the state and the house where they were killed was a site for retail drug dealing.

“It is a middle-class zone. Evidently, according to initial data, the place where these people were killed was a place used for the distribution and sale of drugs,” Barbosa said.

Barbosa said the killings appeared to be “an execution between gangs.”

Puebla has long been home to violent gangs that deal in fuel theft from government pipelines, but the state had not been known for drug violence.