Gunmen kill nine in Mexico

August 15th, 2008 - 2:37 pm ICT by IANS  

Mexico City, Aug 15 (DPA) An attack by an armed commando left nine people dead and five injured at a rehabilitation centre for drug addicts in the northern Mexican city of Ciudad Juarez, police have said. The attack happened late Wednesday, while patients were attending a religious ceremony and the dead included the pastor, the authorities said Thursday.

Socorro Garcia, the pastor’s wife, told the Mexican media that four masked attackers entered the centre and started shooting indiscriminately.

The attack brings to 94 the number of people killed in violent incidents in August in Ciudad Juarez, in the state of Chihuahua on the border with the US, reports said.

For the year, the figure is as high as 787.

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