7 football fans shot dead in Mexico: sources

MONTERREY, Mexico, Jan. 28 (AFP) - At least seven people watching a football match have been shot dead in Mexico, sources said Saturday, adding to the country's murder toll which last year hit a two-decade high. 

The latest killings -- after more than 25,000 last year -- happened in Monterrey, an industrial hub in the country's northeast.At least four hooded gunmen entered a home in the city and threatened about 20 people watching the football, a source at the local prosecutor's office told AFP.

Some were herded to a bathroom where they were gunned down, the source said, citing witnesses.Like much of Mexico, Monterrey has been afflicted by drug violence in recent years.

In 2006 the government launched a controversial military anti-drug operation which critics say has only led to more murders and attacks.

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