Just after midnight last night clubbers ran for their lives in Salamanca after a gang opened fire on a nightclub. According to local reports, a group of armed men arrived in La Playa club and Within a short time, started spraying bullets on the customers and staff, killing 14 people- Witnesses reported having to run amid violent scenes, during which the suspected gunmen disappeared. Authorities are now hunting the killers and are trying to figure out what the motivation for the attack was.
Paramedics battled to save some of the victims, the seven injured survivors were rushed to hospital.
Mexican soldiers and police officers cordoned off the area and conducted a full search of the club, but so far they’ve been unable to find those responsible and the motive of the attack remains unclear.
Salamanca is the site of the main pipeline of state oil company Petroleos Mexicanos (PEMEX), where fuel thieves have cost the firm around $3 billion over the last few years.
In late January, a fake bomb was found in a car parked close to the refinery.
Nearby, signs were found threatening Mexico President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador and demanding that he withdraw from the area soldiers fighting against fuel theft gangs.
Salamanca is less than 100 km from Santa Rosa de Lima, where a few days ago authorities conducted an operation against Juan Antonio Yepez, the alleged leader of a fuel-stealing cartel.
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