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Armed gang rapes 6 Spanish tourists in Mexico

ACAPULCO, Mexico — Six Spanish tourists were raped by a gang of armed, masked men on the outskirts of the Mexican resort of Acapulco, the latest chapter of violence that has tarnished the Pacific coast resort.

The vicious, hours-long attack occurred before dawn Monday at a house that six Spanish men, six Spanish women, and a Mexican woman had rented on a quiet, idyllic stretch of beach.

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Two of the Spaniards were in the yard and apparently were forced to open the door, said Luis Walton, mayor of Acapulco, at a press conference late Monday. ‘‘This is a regrettable situation, and of course it is going to damage Acapulco,’’ Walton said.

The five attackers burst into the house and held the group at gunpoint, he said. They tied up the six men with phone cords and bathing-suit straps and then raped the six Spanish women. The Mexican woman was not raped.

The attack began about two hours after midnight Monday.

The once-glittering resort has already been battered by years of drug-gang killings and extortions, but except for very few incidents, the violence has not touched tourists.

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