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    The central Mexican state of Guanajuato is one of the areas where there is a greater incidence of the crime known as "huachicoleo." | Photo: EFE

Published 9 March 2019

Armed men attacked a Salamancan nightclub, local media reported.

At least 15 people were killed and six injured after a group of armed men attacked the "La Playa Men's Club" in the Mexican state of Guanajuato on Saturday, police said adding that motives and whereabouts of the shooters are still unknown.

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Armed with rifles, the attackers arrived to the Salamancan nightclub in three vans and opened fire,g targeting workers and customers, local media reports.

The injured were transferred to local hospitals for medical attention. Thirteen people were killed on site, while two others died while receiving first aid treatment.

The central Mexican state of Guanajuato maintains one of the highest crime rates in the country. More recently, crimes associated with "huachicoleo" or theft of state-owned fuel, has made Salamanca a hotspot for violence. The main pipeline from the state-owned company the Petroleos Mexicanos (Pemex) runs directly through the city.

According to local media and government, the stealing of fuel has cost the Mexican state around U.S. $3 billion in recent years. Progressive President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador (AMLO), who took office in December 2018, has been fighting against violence in a country torn by a war on drugs that brought more violence instead of lowering the crime rates. AMLO has also been trying to reduce the "huachicoleo" crimes.

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