Friday, August 26, 2011

53 Confirmed Dead At Casino Royale In Monterrey

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Commando poured gasoline and grenades ignited Casino Royale claiming dozens of lives.

By H. Nelson Goodson
August 26, 2011

Monterrey, Nuevo León, Mexico - On Thursday, an armed commando group invaded the Casino Royale at about 3:30 p.m.and poured gasoline inside the entrance and other parts of the place, then ignited a blaze. Nuevo León Governor Rodrigo Medina confirmed 53 people dead, 10 reported injured, including a firefighter. Dozens of people were reported trapped inside when the gunmen believed to be Zetas also through grenades inside the Casino Royale, according to witnesses.
Firefighters and rescue units used construction equipment to help break down walls inorder to get to the victims. Most of the exits had been locked and prevented people from escaping.
On Friday, authorities reported that the owners of the Casino Royale had been threaten to pay $10,000 a week to the Zeta Cartel. The owners refused to pay the Zetas and in retaliation they burned down the casino.
Mexican President Felipe Calderon declared a national three days of mourning. Calderon ordered more military troops to Monterrey and a statewide dragnet for the suspects has been issued.

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