At least 15 people have been killed following a shooting at a nightclub in central Mexico, prosecutors said on Saturday. Four more people suffered injuries, public prosecutor's office spokesman Juan Jose Martinez told news agency AFP. The nightclub lies in Guanajuato state, where authorities have launched an operation against criminal gangs involved in fuel theft.
The attack took place in the early hours Saturday as several heavily armed men opened fire at the La Playa nightclub in Salamanca before making off in a vehicle, the spokesman said. The four injured people were taken to a nearby hospital. So far, none of the victims have been identified. Salamanca is the site of the main pipeline of state oil company Petroleos Mexicanos (PEMEX), where fuel thieves have cost the firm around USD 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 kilometers (60 miles) 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.
(With AFP inputs)