Official: Arrests coming in Mexico tourist rapes

mexicoAcapulco, Mexico (CNN) — Arrests could come as early as this week in the rape of six Spanish tourists in Acapulco, a government official with knowledge of the case told CNN Wednesday.

Mexican authorities are pursuing some strong leads in the case, the official said.

The six women were among 14 people victimized by a group of hooded gunmen who burst into a beach bungalow in the resort town before dawn Monday. The incident — which the source described as isolated — drew worldwide attention.

Mexico’s foreign ministry even put out a statement assuring that the Spanish tourists received consular aid following the incident.

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“The government reiterates its friendship ties with the Spanish people and expresses its solidarity,” the statement said.

The victims — Spanish nationals ranging in age from 20 to 34 — are now under the protection of Mexican authorities.

Seven men who were with the group were tied up with cell phone cables and bikini straps while the gunmen assaulted the six women, officials said.

A seventh woman, a Mexican, was spared because of her nationality, Guerrero state Attorney General Martha Garzon said in a radio interview.

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