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At least 15 killed in nightclub shooting in Mexico

WARNING – graphic image: At least 15 people have been killed and another seven wounded in a shooting at a nightclub in Mexico’s violence-wracked Guanajuato state, according to the local prosecutor’s office.

Before sunrise on Saturday (local time), 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, local media reported.

It was not immediately clear who committed the crime.

The outside of the La Playa Men’s Club, where the shooting took place early on Saturday in the city of Salamanca, Mexico. Source: Reuters
The outside of the La Playa Men’s Club, where the shooting took place early on Saturday in the city of Salamanca, Mexico. Source: Reuters

A video taken after the shooting from the street near the nightclub showed a line of police vehicles. A woman wailed uncontrollably in the background as an ambulance drove into the area.

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 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 AG, General Motors Co and Toyota Motor Corp, but it suffered a doubling of murders last year, making it one of Mexico’s most violent regions, official data shows.

At least 13 people were killed and another seven wounded in the incident. Source: Reuters
At least 13 people were killed and another seven wounded in the incident. Source: Reuters

More than a decade after the launch of a militarized effort against drug cartels that has led to some of Mexico’s bloodiest years on record, the latest effort will test the new government’s ability to curtail the reach of organised crime.

Lopez Obrador took office on December 1, vowing to fight crime in a new way.

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