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Shots fired at "Noticias de El Sol de la Laguna" offices in Torreón

(CEPET/IFEX) - On 22 June 2010, the offices of the newspaper "Noticias de El Sol de la Laguna", in Torreón, Coahuila, were shot at by unidentified individuals who opened fired on the building's facade, resulting in one receptionist being injured.

According to the newspaper's editor, Gustavo Flores Acosta, the incident took place around 1:00 p.m., when around 10 armed men arrived in four vehicles at the paper's offices, located at the intersection of Mina and Boulevard Constitución.

The unknown assailants fired at the building, destroying the glass in the building's door, as well as windows of cars parked outside the office. The paper's 26-year-old pregnant receptionist got down on the floor to protect herself, but she was still hit by some bullet shards on her head and one side of her body.

The deputy state attorney and the state chief of police found .223 and .762 calibre bullet casings from R-15 y AK-47 rifles at the scene. Preliminary reports indicate that the main door to the office had more that 50 bullets holes in it.

The head of the Coahuila state attorney general's office, Jesús Torres Charles, told the media: "Around 1:00 p.m. the suspects arrived at the scene. Witness statements indicate that they arrived in a black pick-up truck and that two people opened fire on the entrance to the paper's offices".

Flores Acosta attributed the attack to the general atmosphere of violence in the area of La Laguna and said that there were no previous warnings or threats against the paper or his staff.

"Noticias de El Sol de la Laguna" is owned by the Organización Editorial Mexicana group, which owns 70 papers in Mexico. On 18 August 2009 another of the group's papers, "El Siglo de Torreón", was the target of a similar attack. In May 2007, a journalist reporting on the police beat for "Noticias de El Sol de la Laguna" was kidnapped and tortured by armed men.

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