Drugs war gunmen kill 53 in casino fire carnage
FIFTY-THREE people were killed when masked gunmen stormed a packed casino and set it on fire.
Six men pulled up to the popular venue, spread petrol around and ignited it with Molotov cocktails.
The massacre, which took place in broad daylight in a classy area of Mexico’s third-largest city, was one of the worst incidents in the country’s five-year “drug war”.
It is thought the casino’s owners refused to pay protection money to a local gang.
Live TV news pictures showed panicked customers streaming outside while rescuers poured into the smoking building in search of survivors.
Six bodies were found locked in a bathroom after apparently fleeing and hiding.
Survivors reported that emergency exits were blocked but some managed to escape into a car park.
Government security spokesman Alejandro Poire said: “An act of terrorism has been committed. It will not remain unpunished.”
The death toll at the Casino Royale in Monterrey, is expected to rise as investigators continued to search the building.