Nineteen people were killed when gunmen burst into a clandestine cockfight in western Mexico, prosecutors in the western state of Michoacán said on Monday.

The attack occurred late Sunday near the town of Zinapécuaro, Michoacán.

The dead included 16 men and three women, and a number of people were wounded in the attack.

The office said drug cartels and gangs had been fighting in the area.

Michoacán has been the scene of a longstanding war for territory between local cartels and the Jalisco cartel, from the neighboring state of Jalisco. The fighting has included the use of bomb-dropping drones, landmines and homemade armored cars.

Cockfighting, while illegal in many areas, remains a popular pastime in parts of Mexico, though the fights between roosters are usually held clandestinely.

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