Red Cross worker, 3 police dead in attack in southern Mexico

MEXICO CITY (AP) — A Red Cross paramedic and three policemen are dead after a gang of 20 gunmen opened fire on an aid distribution meeting in the southern Mexico state of Guerrero.

The Guerrero state government says another six Red Cross volunteers were wounded in Sunday's attack near the city of Taxco.

While gangs have sometimes attacked ambulances to finish off wounded rivals, direct attacks on paramedics are rare in Mexico.

The attack occurred as paramedics were explaining how to use medical aid kits.

Guerrero Gov. Hector Astudillo said the targets indicated the attack "is an irrational act that verges on terrorism."

Taxco is a tourist destination known for its silver jewelry and colonial architecture. But outlying areas of the township have been hit hard by drug gang violence.