CIUDAD VICTORIA, Mexico, July 11 (UPI) -- At least 14 people, including children, were killed in Ciudad Victoria in the Mexican state of Tamaulipas over the weekend amid an apparent drug war.
Tamaulipas State Government Secretary Herminio Garza Palacios said at least 11 family members were killed while they were sleeping at about 7 a.m. local time Saturday.
"Deprived of life were 11 members of a family by armed people who came to that address" in the Adolfo López Mateos neighborhood, Garza Palacios said. Two men, two women and seven girls were killed.
Less than an hour after that attack, armed gunmen killed one man and two women in the nearby Revolución Verde neighborhood. Garza Palacios said preliminary investigations indicate the killings are part of a rivalry dispute -- perhaps by factions of the splintered Zetas Cartel.
"Federal and state forces that make up the Tamaulipas Coordination Group are jointly participating in investigations to find those responsible for these acts," the Tamaulipas State Government said in a statement.