24 shot dead in attack on drug rehab center in Mexico

Three of the seven wounded were reported in serious condition. It was one of the deadliest attacks on a rehab center since 19 people were killed in 2010 in Chihuahua city in northern Mexico. Diego Sinhue Rodríguez Vallejo said drug gangs appeared to have been involved.”I deeply regret and condemn the events in Irapuato this afternoon,” the governor wrote. The government spends relatively little money on rehabilitation, often making the unregistered centers the only option available for poor families.In addition, addicts and dealers who face attacks from rivals on the streets sometimes take refuge at the rehab clinics, making the clinics themselves targets for attack. Apparently the attackers shot everyone at the rehab center. Police in the north-central state of Guanajuato said the attack occurred in the city of Irapuato. “The violence generated by organized crime not only takes the lives of the young, but it takes the peace from families in Guanajuato.”Mexican drug gangs have killed suspected street-level dealers from rival gangs sheltering at such facilities in the past. Get Breaking News Delivered to Your Inbox

No motive was given in the attack, but Gov. More than a dozen attacks on such facilities have occurred since then. Trending News

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Mexico has long had problems with rehab centers because most are privately run, underfunded and often commit abuses against recovering addicts. First published on July 2, 2020 / 6:57 AM State police said nobody was abducted. 24 shot dead in attack on drug rehab center in Mexico

July 2, 2020 / 6:57 AM
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Gunmen burst into an unregistered drug rehabilitation center in central Mexico and opened fire Wednesday, killing 24 people and wounding seven, authorities said. Still other gangs have been accused of forcibly recruiting recovering addicts at the centers as dealers, and killing them if they refused. STRINGER / REUTERS

Guanajuato is the scene of a bloody turf battle between the Jalisco cartel and a local gang, and the state has become the most violent in Mexico. Women react outside a drug rehabilitation facility where assailants killed at least 24 people, according to Guanajuato state police, in Irapuato, Mexico July 1, 2020. Photos purporting to show the scene suggest those at the center were lying down when they were sprayed with bullets.