A new massacre in the municipality of Irapuato, Guanajuato, has left 12 dead and three injured this Saturday after a group of hooded men entered the El Texano bar and opened fire on customers and waiters.
The attack took place in the neighborhood December 12, on the outskirts of the city. Witnesses to what happened indicate that the attackers entered the premises around 8:30 pm and opened fire indiscriminately against everything and everyone.
The first police report indicates that the dead are six men and five women. The bar, also known as El Pantano, has access through two different streets, Jamaica and Popotla, which facilitated the escape.
Three injured people were transferred in code red in a Civil Protection ambulance. After the massacre, members of the National Guard and the Army deployed a fence to try to locate the murderers and protect the crime scene while the relatives of the victims cried and cried out in anguish.
A little over three months ago, Irapuato relived one of these scenes of terror that seem to exceed everything seen before when a remote-controlled bomb was activated taking advantage of the presence of several police officers in what was another step in the escalation of terror.
Irapuato, 50 kilometers from the state capital, Guanajuato, has been immersed in a dispute between cartels for several years that has bled the city dry and has turned the state into one of the most violent in the country.
Guanajuato is one of the industrial and agricultural engines of central Mexico. Until recently it was a prosperous and peaceful place, but in the last four years it has become one of the states most devastated by the wave of violence that the country is suffering.
Several fuel pipelines pass through its territory, which makes it one of the hotspots for illegal gasoline trafficking or ‘huachicoleo’, one of the main sources of income for cartels.
It also has a strategic location: it is a gateway to the northern states, towards the United States, and to the western states. For years, the groups from Santa Rosa de Lima and Jalisco Nueva Generación have been vying for control, which has resulted in massacres, attacks and major police operations to find their leaders.
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