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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.

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.

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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.

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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.

Associated Press