The picturesque colonial city of Cuernavaca witnessed a horrific attack when a group of gunmen assaulted and attacked a bus station in Mexico, AFP reported on Monday, September 2nd.
The gunmen are said to have staged a "targeted" attack, seeking out specific victims at the Estrella de Oro bus station, near the city centre, according to the security commission for the state of Morelos, of which Cuernavaca is the capital. Three victims were killed aboard a bus, one in the waiting area and one in a bathroom.
Morelos is the scene of a turf war between at least five different drug cartels, according to authorities.
This comes following a series of shootings, one of which took place over the weekend in which at least 15 people were murdered in various incidents in the state, according to media reports.
Mexico has been hit by a wave of violence since the government deployed the army to fight powerful drug cartels in 2006. Since then, more than 250,000 people have been murdered.
President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador acknowledged Sunday in his first annual state of the nation address that Mexico "still suffers from insecurity and violence" nine months into his presidency. He vowed to step up efforts to end the gruesome violence of the country's drug war.