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Thursday Jul 02 2020

24 dead, 7 injured in Mexico as armed men attack Irapuato rehab centre

Members of the media work outside a drug rehabilitation facility where assailants killed several people according to Guanajuato state police, in Irapuato, Mexico July 1, 2020. Photo: Reuters

At least 24 people were killed and seven wounded when armed men attacked a drug rehabilitation center in Irapuato, as the government struggles to contain violence perpetrated by drug mafias in the country. 

This is the second such attack to take place in Irapuato in one month. The attack was also confirmed by a federal government official.

Photos from the scene shared by police with local reporters showed at least 11 prone and bloodied bodies lying in a room.

The attack was one of the worst mass slayings since President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador took office 19 months ago pledging to reduce record levels of violence. But homicides hit a new record last year and are trending higher still in 2020.

On June 6, 10 men were killed when gunmen opened fire in a rehabilitation center for addicts in Irapuato. It was not immediately clear if the same facility was hit both times.

Guanajuato, a major carmaking hub, has become one of the principal flashpoints of criminal violence in Mexico.

Rehab centers are known to have been targeted by criminal gangs waging turf wars for control of the drug business.

At least 26 people were killed in an arson attack by suspected gang members on a bar in the southern Mexican port of Coatzacoalcos last August.