Mass shooting at Mexican rehabilitation clinic 'leaves 24 dead'

Cheryl Sanders
July 2, 2020

Twenty-four people were shot dead after a group of gunmen stormed a drug rehab center in Central Mexico and opened fire on patients and employees, the second deadly attack on the facility since last month.

Located in the industrial center of Guanajuato state, the same drug clinic fell victim to a similar deadly assault last month, which saw 10 people killed.

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. Three of the seven wounded were in serious condition.

"The violence generated by organized crime doesn't just take the lives of our youths, it robs peace from families in Guanajuato", said the state governor Diego Sinhue Rodríguez Vallejo via his Twitter account.

On June 6, gunmen opened fire in a rehabilitation centre for addicts in Irapuato and killed ten men. The attack came nearly at the same time as President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador spoke publicly about his government's success in slowing violent crime.

Guanajuato, a major auto making hub, has become one of the principal flashpoints of surging gang violence which President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador has promised to quell.

Rehab centers are known to have been targeted by criminal gangs waging turf wars for control of the drug business. But homicides hit a new record a year ago and are trending higher still in 2020.

Secretary of Security Pedro Alberto Cortés Zavala confirmed the horrifying attack on Wednesday after the incident was reported mid-afternoon.

Other reports by iNewsToday