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15 killed in a nightclub shooting in Salamanca, Guanajuato
Guanajuato is plagued by violence, fuel theft, and mass graves - Photo: Rebecca Blackwell/REUTERS

15 killed in a nightclub shooting in Salamanca, Guanajuato

11/03/2019
12:51
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The attack takes place days after President López Obrador launched an operation to arrest fuel theft leader “El Marro”

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At least 15 people were killed and another five wounded in a shooting at a nightclub in Salamanca, Guanajuato state, early on Saturday, according to the local prosecutor’s office.

It is not clear who committed the crime. Before sunrise, a group of armed men pulled up in three vans at the La Playa Men’s Club in the city of Salamanca, burst into the premises and opened fire against clients and employees, local media reported.

The attack takes place days after President López Obrador launched an operation to arrest fuel theft leader, José Antonio Yépez, known as “El Marro,” as he vowed to fight fuel theft weeks after taking office.

According to a statement from the Guanajuato state prosecutor’s office, 13 men were found dead in the nightclub, and another two died after being taken to a hospital. It added that its agents were investigating the crime.

Salamanca lies in Guanajuato state, part of the country’s industrial heartland that was a magnet for carmakers such as Volkswagen, General Motors, and Toyota, but it suffered a doubling of murders last year, making it one of Mexico’s most violent regions, official data shows.

On Friday, 6 people were killed in Salamanca in different attacks.

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