August 19, 2019

Gunmen kill 11 people at Mexico drug rehab centre

Police outside the La Victoria drug rehab centre following the attack.

Gunmen have attacked a drugs treatment centre in northern Mexico, killing 11 people and injuring two others.

Police said at least two armed men burst into the rehab centre in Torreon, in Coahuila state, and opened fire.

On Tuesday afternoon, gunmen in at least two vehicles drew up at La Victoria drugs clinic in Torreon and stormed inside, police said.

Two of the people being treated there survived by hiding under their beds.

The motive for the shooting was not clear but officials said it was likely to be the work of drug gang hitmen.

Dozens of people have been killed over the past two years at such centres, in what officials say are often revenge attacks on rival drug gang members.

In another development, officials say 429 bodies have been found since April in graves in Durango and Tamaulipas.