16 Jul 2012

Christian youth camp attacked

5:54 am on 16 July 2012

Police in Mexico are searching for an armed gang who raped seven young women in an attack on a Christian youth camp just outside Mexico City.

The gang burst into the camp at around midnight on Thursday and rampaged around for several hours, beating and robbing as they went.

Cash, cameras and mobile phones were taken when they left in two stolen vehicles.

The BBC reports 90 members of the Christian youth group were camping in tents in the Colibri park near the town of Ixtapaluca, about 35km outside Mexico City.

The park is in a hilly region with no mobile phone coverage so it was some time before the alarm was raised.

Mexican newspapers have questioned why there was not better security at the site.