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Nine people including four women died after the cartel opened fire in a bar in Guanajuato, Mexico on Wednesday, Nov. 9.

An armed group reportedly entered a bar in Apaseo el Alto in Guanajuato at around 9 p.m on Wednesday, Nov. 9, and started mercilessly shooting the guests and the staff inside. Five men and four women including the waitresses in the bar were killed in the shooting. Two others were also injured and are currently in stable condition, CBS News reported.

After shooting the people dead, the attackers left hand-written posters on the blood-covered floor of the bar. The messages were signed by the Santa Rosa de Lima gang and appeared to accuse the bars' owners of supporting the rival Jalisco cartel. In one of the posters, it was scrawled with the words “Get the f–k out of here you motherf—ers.”

The Jalisco cartel which is led by international fugitive Nemesio Oseguera, or “El Mencho,” is considered to be one of the most dangerous criminal organizations in the world. According to the head of the Drug Enforcement Administration, the Jalisco cartel is one of the Mexican cartels that are behind the influx of fentanyl in the U.S, New York Post reported.

"Those cartels are acting with calculated, deliberate treachery to get fentanyl to the United States and to get people to buy it through fake pills, by hiding it in other drugs, any means that they can take in order to drive addiction and to make money," DEA Administrator Anne Milgram said.

According to Guanajuato-based security analyst David Saucedo, the attacks in the bar were likely targeted against bar owners who refused to pay protection money or trafficked drugs from rival cartels.

“Some of the attacks have been carried out to kill drug dealers, lookouts, or cartel members who were having a night out at the bars,” Saucedo said. “But they become massacres because they kill waitresses and customers, as well.”

In the hours before the shooting incident, 18 vehicles were torched in the areas around Apaseo el Alto. According to government statistics, more than 2,100 murders were registered in Guanajuato, a state of six million, between January and August of this year.

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