By Daniel Borunda
El Paso Times
Authorities investigate an attack on a drug rehab center in Juárez. At least four people were killed in attacks on two drug rehab centers Sunday in Juárez.
Four people were killed, seven people wounded and nearly 500 rounds were fired in separate attacks on a pair of drug rehab centers in Juárez on Sunday night, Chihuahua authorities said today.
Gunmen first attacked the Centro de Liberacion de adicciones on Ramon Aranda street. Three men were shot to death in the dormitories of the center. At least 10 armed men went into the clinic and opened fire, officials said.
Four people were killed, seven people wounded and nearly 500 rounds were fired in separate attacks on a pair of drug rehab centers in Jurez on Sunday night, Chihuahua authorities said today.
Those killed were identified as 16-year-old Luis Antonio Torres Corona and Tomas Rodriguez Gutierrez, 46. The third man had not been identified.
At nearly the same time, gunmen attacked the Centro de Rehabilitacion Alcance Victoria where they killed a man who appeared to be in his 40s, Chihuahua state police said.
Earlier reports stated that grenades were used in the attacks but a spokesman for the Chihuahua state attorney general's office said there were not grenade explosions.
Gunmen killed 18 people at a drug treatment center located two blocks from a police station and the Santa Fe international bridge in Ciudad Juarez, which lies just across the Rio Grande from El Paso, Texas, on Sept. 3, 2009.
The attacks on rehab centers apparently target individuals who are using the facilities to sell drugs on rivals’ turf, officials say.
Drug treatment centers in other parts of Mexico have also been targeted in recent years.
Gunmen killed 13 people on Oct. 24 at a drug rehabilitation center in the northwestern border city of Tijuana.
The attack occurred at the El Camino treatment center in east Tijuana, which is in Baja California state.
Ciudad Juarez, where more than 8,000 people have been murdered since 2008, has been plagued by drug-related violence for years.
More than 2,800 murders, according to press tallies, have been committed in Ciudad Juarez this year, while the number of killings totaled 2,754 last year.