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11 dead in central Mexico shooting

Attack latest violence in one of Mexico’s most dangerous cities

Jorge Antonio Rocha   | 24.05.2022
11 dead in central Mexico shooting

MEXICO CITY

Eleven people were killed in a coordinated attack that targeted a hotel and two bars carried out by an armed commando in Celaya, Guanajuato, in Mexico.

Authorities said a 911 call was placed alerting them masked assailants attacking guests inside Hotel Gala and nearby businesses late Monday.

After the shooting, the men drenched the hotel and two adjacent bars with gasoline, burning the businesses and victims inside.

Police said seven women and three men were found inside the burned establishments.

A man and a woman were found injured at the site and rushed to the hospital. Subsequently, the woman reportedly died from her wounds.

There were no reports of suspects, with the National Guard, army and police working on the case, according to authorities.

Mexico has eight of the 50 most violent cities worldwide, according to The Citizen’s Council for Public Safety and Criminal Justice. Celaya ranks fifth on the list.

Mexico averaged 82 intentional homicides every day in 2022. March was the deadliest, reporting 2,651, followed by April, where 2,547 were registered.

Fifty percent of cases are in five states, including Guanajuato.

According to the Secretariat of Public Security, Guanajuato has reported 993 intentional homicides in 2022.



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