posted Feb 5, 2013, 4:03 PM by Hernan Cortes
updated Feb 5, 2013, 6:05 PM by La Paz News
A pack of masked and hooded gunmen broke into a beach resort bungalow near Acapulco, Mexico, and raped six women tourists after tying up a group of men with cell phone cables and bikini straps, officials said Tuesday. Another woman - according to various news sources a Mexican national - also in the bungalow, was spared during the attack early Monday morning near the troubled beach resort city, known as a top spring break destination.
The victims - Spanish nationals in their 20's on vacation - are now under the protection of Mexican authorities. Spanish officials have been notified.
Acapulco Mayor Luis Walton condemned the attack during a Tuesday news conference and vowed to apprehend those responsible as world attention homed in on Pacific port city.
"It's a very delicate situation," he said. "We are going to have the full weight of the law against those responsible."
He called it regrettable, apologized for the gunmen's attack and said it would probably affect the image of Acapulco, which derives much of its revenue from tourism.
However, he also try to downplay the incident. Statements like: "...but hey, it happen everywhere in the world" (See CNN video at bottom) are plain not called for after a gang-rape!
State prosecutor Martha Elba Garzon said her office would not reveal the names of the victims or anything related to the probe, but she vowed to uphold the "responsibility to provide security to tourists and our people."
The U.S. State Department said resort city bars, including those in Acapulco, can be "havens for drug dealers and petty criminals." The agency said "resort areas and tourist destinations in Mexico generally do not see the levels of drug-related violence and crime reported in the border region and in areas along major trafficking routes." After a series of gruesome murders in the rescent past in Guerrero, American and British authorities issued travel warnings.
Spain's Foreign Ministry also advised travelers that "while foreign tourists rarely are victims of kidnapping or extortion, they can be victims of assaults and robberies."
It said Guerrero "should especially be avoided," or travelers should proceed with "extreme caution."
This post has been compiled with date from following sources: CNN - BBC