MEXICO CITY, Jul 1 (Reuters) – At least 24 people died and seven were injured Wednesday in an attack by an armed group at a rehabilitation center in the town of Irapuato, in central Mexico state Guanajuato, local authorities said.
Irapuato’s security secretary said in a statement that three of the wounded are serious, but did not provide further details. In a video broadcast on social networks, the town’s security secretary, Pedro Cortés, said that the hitmen had used long weapons in the attack.
This is the second attack in Irapuato on rehabilitation centers in less than a month. In early June, an armed command killed 10 people in a similar attack.
Guanajuato has joined the list of states in Mexico where crime has risen sharply, amid the wave of violence in the country related to drug trafficking.
President Andrés Manuel López Obrador has pledged to fight organized crime but so far his strategy has not yielded results and homicides have been increasing to record levels.
(Report by Daina Solomon and Dave Graham. With additional report by Sharay Angulo; Edited by Adrana Barrera and Diego Oré)
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