Seven killed at park in besieged Mexican border city

January 25, 2011 4:08:07 AM PST
Gunmen spraying automatic weapons fire killed seven people at a park built as an anti-violence measure in the besieged Mexican border city of Ciudad Juarez. Authorities say the assailants arrived during a soccer game Sunday afternoon at the park and opened fire. A spokesman for the Chihuahua state prosecutors' office says two of those killed were among the players.

Four, including a 12-year-old girl, were hospitalized in critical condition, and one later died.

Three other people -- two men and a 15-year-old boy -- were killed in the same neighborhood Monday, but authorities say there's no evidence the attacks were related.

Ciudad Juarez, across the border from El Paso, Texas, is Mexico's most violent city.

Meanwhile, running battles between soldiers and gunmen left eight drug gang suspects dead outside Monterrey.