Ten Dead As Gunmen Ambush Auto Rally

At least 10 people have been killed and nine injured during a horrific machine gun ambush at a car rally in Mexico.

Shocking video footage shows bodies on the road in San Vicente de Ensenada, in the Mexican state of Baja California, as hooded gunmen turn the event on Saturday, 20th May, into a bloodbath.

In the first piece of footage, one of the Utility Terrain Vehicles – or UTVs – is seen being sprayed with gunfire as it is targeted by black-clad attackers, with bystanders fleeing for their lives.

The second piece of footage shows the aftermath, with armed soldiers on the streets and bodies lying next to some of the rally vehicles with an ambulance seen attending the scene.

The third video also shows the aftermath, with the person filming saying that people had been killed as sirens can be heard in the background.

The deadly raid on the Cachanillazo rally began when the gunmen leapt from the back of the van and opened fire instantly, according to local media.

The Mexican authorities – who called in Army and Navy troops for backup – have not given a reason for the mass shooting.

But the area is notorious for rival drug cartels settling scores in gun battles.

The state is home to the Jalisco Nueva Generacion Cartel (CJNG), the notorious Sinaloa Cartel, the Tijuana Cartel and other criminal organisations.

Ensenada Mayor Armando Ayala Robles told local media: “I am in permanent communication with the State Attorney General’s Office, as well as with the federal corporations of the three levels of government to provide all the necessary information.”

He added: “Operations to locate those responsible for the attack are ongoing.”

The event organisers said on social media: “The Cachanillazo family joins this unfortunate tragedy.

“Unfortunately, what happened during the rally was out of our hands. We are wholeheartedly sorry for the losses and their families.

“Our sincere condolences. We are just as baffled as all of you since we have nothing to do with what happened.”

At the time of writing, it was unclear who had carried out the attack.