MEXICO CITY, Mexico (CNN) — Gunmen shot and killed 17 patients and wounded six others in a drug rehabilitation center in northern Mexico late Wednesday, the state-run Notimex news agency reported.
The “El Aviane” rehab facility is located in Ciudad Juarez, across the border from El Paso, Texas. A Mexican civic group said last week that Ciudad Juarez had the most slayings per capita than any other city in the world.
More than 1,420 people have been killed in Juarez this year, Mayor Jose Reyes Ferriz told CNN in an interview Monday. About 1,600 people were killed in Juarez in 2008, Reyes said.
The latest violence in Juarez came on the same day that gunmen shot dead the No. 2 security official and three others in Michoacan, the home state of Mexican President Felipe Calderon.