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Gunmen Kill 24 at Mexico Rehab Center

Guanajuato governor blames drug gangs
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Jul 2, 2020 2:24 AM CDT

(Newser) – Gunmen burst into an unregistered drug rehabilitation center in central Mexico and opened fire Wednesday, killing 24 people and wounding seven, authorities say. Police in the north-central state of Guanajuato said the attack occurred in the city of Irapuato. Three of the seven wounded were reportedly in serious condition. Apparently the attackers shot everyone at the rehab center. State police said nobody was abducted. Photos purporting to show the scene suggest those at the center were lying down when they were sprayed with bullets, the AP reports. Guanajuato is the scene of a bloody turf battle between the Jalisco cartel and a local gang, and the state has become the most violent in Mexico.

No motive was given in the attack, but Gov. Diego Sinhue Rodríguez Vallejo said drug gangs appeared to have been involved. "I deeply regret and condemn the events in Irapuato this afternoon," the governor wrote. "The violence generated by organized crime not only takes the lives of the young, but it takes the peace from families in Guanajuato." Mexican drug gangs have killed suspected street-level dealers from rival gangs sheltering at such facilities in the past. It was one of the deadliest attacks on a rehab center since 19 people were killed in 2010 in Chihuahua city in northern Mexico. More than a dozen attacks on such facilities have occurred since then.

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