Officials say 10 people have been found shot to death in a rural area in the Mexican state of Guerrero.

The state prosecutor's office said the group of men and women were found slain Sunday afternoon by soldiers responding to reports of a shooting in San Pablo Oriente, a village near Guerrero's border with Michoacan state.

The Knights Templar cartel, which controls much of Michoacan, has been fighting rivals along its borders with other states including Guerrero, where a variety of smaller cartels control drug-smuggling and other criminal activities.