Death toll in Mexico's Torreon attack rises to 13

14:18, June 09, 2011      

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The death toll of an armed attack at a drug rehabilitation center in northern Mexico has risen to 13, local government sources said Wednesday.

An unidentified armed group opened fire at the drug rehabilitation center in Torreon in southwest Coahuila Tuesday evening when 20 people were inside. Eleven people died on the spot.

Two more victims died from serious injuries early Wednesday, raising the death toll to 13, the Coahuila State Attorney General's office said.

No arrests have been made yet.

Since the Mexican government declared war against the country's drug cartels and criminal groups in December 2006, drug rehabilitation centers have been repeatedly attacked in various Mexican cities.

A protest march calling for an end to drug-related violence was scheduled to reach Torreon later Wednesday.

Javier Sicilia, organizer of the demonstration and an acclaimed Mexican poet whose son was killed in drug-related violence in March, said the march will continue through Torreon as scheduled. He expects the march to arrive at its final destination of Ciudad Juarez on Thursday.

Source: Xinhua
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