Gunmen burst into an unregistered drug rehabilitation centre in central Mexico and opened hearth Wednesday, killing 24 folks and wounding seven, government stated.
Police within the north-central state of Guanajuato stated the assault happened within the town of Irapuato. Three of the seven wounded had been reported in critical situation.
Apparently the attackers shot everybody on the rehab centre. State police stated no person used to be kidnapped. Photos purporting to turn the scene recommend the ones on the centre had been mendacity down after they had been sprayed with bullets.
Guanajuato is the scene of a bloody turf struggle between the Jalisco cartel and an area gang, and the state has change into essentially the most violent in Mexico.
No cause used to be given within the assault, however Gov. Diego Sinhue stated drug gangs seemed to had been concerned.
“I deeply regret and condemn the events in Irapuato this afternoon,” Sinhue wrote. “The violence generated by organized crime not only takes the lives of the young, but it takes the peace from families in Guanajuato.”
Previous assaults on rehab centres
Mexican drug gangs have killed suspected street-level sellers from rival gangs sheltering at such amenities prior to now. It used to be probably the most deadliest assaults on a rehab centre since 19 folks had been killed in 2010 in Chihuahua town in northern Mexico. More than a dozen assaults on such amenities have happened since then.
Mexico has lengthy had issues of rehab centres as a result of maximum are privately run, underfunded and regularly dedicate abuses in opposition to recuperating addicts. The govt spends moderately little cash on rehabilitation, regularly making the unregistered centres your best option to be had for deficient households.
In addition, addicts and sellers who face assaults from opponents at the streets infrequently take safe haven on the rehab clinics, making the clinics themselves goals for assault. Still different gangs had been accused of forcibly recruiting recuperating addicts on the centres as sellers, and killing them in the event that they refused.