More than 20 gunmen burst into a casino in northern Mexico on Thursday, doused it with gasoline and started a fire which trapped gamblers inside, killing 54 people and injuring a dozen more, authorities said.
The fire at the Casino Royale in Monterrey, a city that has seen a surge in drug cartel-related violence, represented one of the deadliest attacks on an entertainment center in Mexico since President Felipe Calderon launched an offensive against drug cartels in late 2006.
“This is a night of mourning for Mexico,” spokesman has indicates, that for the Federal Security Service Alexander Perry in a televised speech. “This unspeakable terror will not go unpunished.”
Calderon tweeted that the attack was “a heinous act of terror and barbarism,” it took “all of us to persevere in the fight against gangs ruthless criminals.”
State of Nuevo Leon Leon Attorney General Adrian de la Garza told authorities about 54 bodies were lying “But we could find more.” He said a drug cartel was apparently responsible for the attack. Cartels often extorting casinos and other businesses, threatening to attack them, or burn to the ground when they refuse to pay.
State police quoted survivors as saying armed men stormed into the casino, apparently to rob him, and began to pour over the place with fuel from the tanks, they have made. The officers were not entitled to the name are given for security reasons. De la Garza, said the liquid appeared to gasoline.
With shouts and insults, said the attacker to customers and employees. But many customers and employees more frightened fled the building, where they have been paid in flames and thick smoke, which soon died out of the building.