24 people murdered in a rehabilitation center in central Mexico

At least 24 people were killed this Wednesday by an armed command at a rehabilitation center in the Mexican municipality of Irapuato, in the central state of Guanajuato, which has become the epicenter of violence in Mexico.

"What they say (witnesses) is that subjects arrived, they went to the scene, put them on the ground and shot them," the secretary of Irapuato Citizen Security, Pedro Cortés Zavala, told the media, near where the massacre occurred.

The official indicated that the preliminary balance of the attack was 24 people dead and seven wounded.

He explained that at the time of the attack there were around 35 people in the place, so it is presumed that some of them managed to escape.

After the emergency system received notice of the events on Wednesday afternoon, agents from the National Guard and the State Public Security Forces arrived at the scene to protect the rehabilitation center, which operated illegally according to the Secretary of Citizen Security, without the authorities having reported any arrests.

These types of places, also called annexes, have been constant targets of attacks in Irapuato, the second most populous municipality in Guanajuato, with some 600,000 inhabitants.

On December 4 of last year, an armed command entered one of these establishments and kidnapped 25 people interned in it.

Later, on February 8 of this year, in another rehabilitation center they kidnapped five people, in addition to setting fire to two neighboring houses, a mechanical workshop, cars and motorcycles.

Similarly, on June 6 of this month 10 people were killed in another attack inside another annex in Irapuato, considered one of the five most dangerous cities in the world according to the Citizen Council for Public Security and Justice Penal.

Guanajuato has remained since 2019 as the Mexican state with the most intentional homicides. From January to May of this year, 1,903 murders were recorded, which represents an average of 12 newspapers.


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