Prosecutors are investigating the killing of two women and four men in the northern Mexico border city of Reynosa, apparently as the result of crossfire, officials have said.
The Tamaulipas state prosecutor's office yesterday said state police had responded to a report of gunfire between gunmen in the area where the six bodies and a seventh wounded man were found.
The office said in an initial report that none of the six bodies tested positive for having a gun. Three were identified as members of a family passing through the area and three others were thought to have been employed at a nearby factory. All were believed to be bystanders.
Last week, the Mexican marines accepted responsibility for the deaths of three civilians killed when they drove through a running gun battle between marines and cartel gunmen in the border city of Nuevo Laredo in late March.
The family's car was hit by bullets from a helicopter that was battling gunmen nearby.
At least 55 mayors or mayors-elect have been killed in Mexico since 2006, often by criminal gangs or corrupt police.
In February, two female state assembly candidates were slain in Guerrero. Violence threatens Mexico's July 1 presidential and local elections.
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