By BosNewsLife Americas Service
MEXICO CITY, MEXICO (BosNewsLife)– Some 90 Christian youngsters were recovering Sunday, July 15, after a dozen armed men went on a hours-long rampage of beatings, robberies and rape, at a church youth camp on the outskirts of Mexico City, authorities said Sunday, July 15.
Seven girls were raped during the Friday, July 13, violence and several campers were beaten, said the state prosecutors office in the State of Mexico, which surrounds the Mexican capital.
The armed group was also stealing phones and jewelry from the campers at the youth camp of the Chains of the Holy Trinity church group at an eco-park near Mexico City, a hilly area that is close to the lower flanks of the Popocatepetl Volcano, according to investigators
Friday’s attack against the young Christians, who gathered for Bible study and prayer, happened in an area that was supposed to be patrolled by local police, but reports said the violence began at night and it was unclear whether officers were on duty at the time.
Police only found out about the crimes when an adult organizer of the camp-out showed up at police offices to report the attack, news reports said.
In a statement, the state government stressed however that it had “witness’ descriptions of the attackers” and pledged “to catch and punish” those responsible.
No arrests were reported Sunday, July 15, at a time of concerns over corruption within police and judicial systems.
Human rights organizations also complain that the State of Mexico, the country’s most populous state, has one of the worst records in the country on violence against women.
In a report published this week, Amnesty International mentioned the state’s abuses against women, and said Mexican police solve only one in every 21 rapes.
Friday’s violence against Christian youngsters also unerscored worries about drug gangs operating on the outskirts of Mexico City, though campers and hikers have also been targeted in the past by common criminals.
Mexicans are doubtful that the government can end a drugs war that since December 2006 has reportedly led to more than 55,000 drug-related homicides.
Devoted Christians have often been singled out for attacks by violent groups in the country for a variety of reasons, according to church groups and Christian rights investigators.