Six men have confessed to the recent rape of six Spanish tourists in Acapulco, Mexican authorities said Wednesday.
The six men gave a complete recount of the Feb. 4 attacks, which took place in a beach house on the outskirts of Acapulco where 12 Spanish tourists and a Mexican woman were staying.
"We have those six suspects, who have confessed," he said. "I can tell you with all seriousness that this case has been solved," Mexican Attorney General Jesús Murillo Karam told reporters.
He also said prosecutors have gathered evidence against another suspect in the attack, which has further tainted the reputation of the Pacific resort, already damaged by gruesome beheadings and mutilations by drug cartels. The seventh suspect remains at large.
The men range in ages from 16 to 30. Murillo Karam said there is "plenty of evidence" of their role in the attack.
Gunmen raped the six Spanish tourists in the wee hours of Feb. 4 in Playa Bonfil, located in the eastern section of Acapulco, one of Mexico's most popular tourist destinations. The victims and several male companions were outside their bungalow when the masked assailants armed with handguns accosted the group.
After gagging the men, the attackers forced the group inside the bungalow and assaulted the six Spanish women, though they spared a Mexican woman who was with them.
The victims' ordeal lasted for about three hours and the assailants took PCs, cell phones, credit cards and other valuables when they left, officials said.
When the detentions for the attack on the Spaniards were announced, family members of the suspects protested that they were innocent and simply scapegoats. About 40 people briefly blocked the road to Acapulco's airport to demand their release.
Mexican human rights groups have often questioned the confessions announced by authorities, arguing that they are sometimes extracted by force and have little value.
But Guerrero Gov. Angel Aguirre said that authorities are carrying out the investigation in this case professionally.
"It was never intended to take to jail scapegoats or innocent people in a case as delicate as this one," Aguirre said. "We are working with a high degree of responsibility and with efficiency to erase this black chapter in the history of our port of Acapulco."
Based on reporting from The Associated Press and EFE.