Eleven members of a family have been found shot to death in central Mexico, and a local official says a religious dispute may have been behind the killings.

The attacks Thursday night targeted a father, a mother, their children and other relatives in the remote hamlet of San Jose el Mirador in the municipality of Coxcatlan, Puebla state.

Coxcatlan Mayor Vicente Lopez de la Vega says the dead include five women, four men and two girls. Two other children were wounded and were being treated at a hospital.

Lopez de la Vega said Friday that the hamlet's evangelical residents had disagreements with a neighboring village that is mostly Roman Catholic.

But he said a rivalry between family groups could have also been the motive.