Published On: Thu, Jul 2nd, 2020

At least 24 killed in armed attack on Mexican drug rehab clinic

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.

The alleged mass shooting in the city of Irapuato on Wednesday was first reported in local media and later confirmed by Pedro Zavala, Secretary of Municipal Citizen Security, who said the armed assailants entered the rehab clinic and started shooting, wounding seven in addition to the 24 killed. Graphic images have emerged on social media purporting to show the aftermath of the attack.

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A heavy police presence was reported in the area following the incident, backed up by National Guard troops and other federal agencies. Those injured were taken by ambulance to a nearby hospital for treatment.

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. While it remains unclear who was behind the attacks, or whether the two incidents are  related, local reporting noted that cartels known for extortion, kidnapping and murder are active in the area.

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