Drugs war gun­men kill 53 in casino fire car­nage

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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.

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