CELAYA | Ten people were murdered in an attack on a hotel and two bars in the central Mexico city of Celaya, authorities said on Tuesday, pointing to a criminal group.
“Seven women and three men were found dead and two other people injured by bullets,” said the Security Secretariat of this city in the state of Guanajuato in a press release.
Around 9:30 p.m., armed individuals opened fire on two bars and a hotel located on Azalea street in the Valle Hermoso neighborhood of #Celaya, #Guanajuatoto later throw molotov-type bombs and set the places on fire. pic.twitter.com/3F0v7ItZqw
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The attack took place around 10 p.m. local time Monday (0300 GMT Tuesday) and “several posters alluding to a criminal group” in the region were found on the spot, the source said.
According to witnesses, armed people entered the establishments and shot at those present, then poured gasoline on them in an attempt to set fire to the premises.
The bodies were left lying among the tables and chairs.
The state of Guanajuato, a prosperous industrial center crossed by an important oil pipeline network and where a refinery is located, has become one of the most violent states in Mexico due to the conflict between the “Santa Rosa de Lima” cartels and “Jalisco New Generation”.
Gangs vie for control of drug trafficking and stolen fuel.
Mexico has been hit by a spiral of violence that has claimed some 340,000 lives — most attributed to organized crime — since 2006, when a controversial military counter-narcotics offensive was deployed.