6 Slain near Mexican resort city

Mexico City, Apr 26 (EFE).- Six people were killed and two others wounded in a shooting near the Mexican resort city of Acapulco, the Guerrero state Attorney General's Office said.

The eight victims were gathered on the bank of a dried-up riverbed in the village of Los Organos when gunmen arrived and started shooting, the AG's office said.

Federal, state and municipal security forces began a search for the shooters.

The two wounded survivors were taken to a hospital in Acapulco and their names are being held to protect them, according to the official statement.

The bodies of the dead were identified by family members, according to the AG's office, which declined to speculate on the motive for the attack.

Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto was in Acapulco on Thursday to inaugurate the country's 76th Banking Convention.

Guerrero, particularly the area around Acapulco, has been wracked by conflict among rival drug cartels and between the criminals and security forces.

Drug-war strife has claimed more than 70,000 lives in Mexico since December 2006.