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Six arrested in rape of Spaniards at Mexico resort

Published on Feb 14, 2013 5:56 AM
Soldiers stand at a check point near a beach hotel, where six female Spanish tourists were raped by armed men, in Acapulco February 6, 2013. The women were raped in the early hours of Monday, when the hooded gunmen forced their way into a beach house they had rented and roughed up their seven male companions. During the incident, which is under investigation by a special sexual crime unit of the district attorney's office, the assailants also stole laptops, cameras, phones and around $700 in cash, according to the local Attorney General's office. -- PHOTO: REUTERS

ACAPULCO, Mexico (AFP) - Six men have been arrested after the rapes of six Spanish women tourists near the popular resort city of Acapulco, Mexico's top law enforcement official said Wednesday.

"We do now have six people arrested, who have confessed to everything," including a 16-year-old, Attorney General Jesus Murillo Karam told a press conference.

Gunmen wearing masks burst into a beach bungalow where 14 tourists were staying on Feb 4, tying up seven Spanish men and raping the six Spanish women, while sparing a Mexican woman.

Mexico has sought to clean up its image as a violent country in order to convince tourists to keep coming despite having seen more than 70,000 drug-related deaths since 2006.

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