At Least 53 Dead After Armed Men Torch Mexican Casino (Video)
Armed men killed more than 50 people in an attack on a casino that left the building ablaze and gamblers trapped inside. The death toll could rise further.
At least 53 people were killed in a fiery attack at a casino in an upscale area of Monterrey, Mexico, government and emergency officials said.
Eight others were injured in the Thursday afternoon attack, the Red Cross said.
Witnesses have told investigators that up to six people entered the Casino Royale and asked for the manager, according Adrian de la Garza, the state attorney general for Nuevo Leon.
When the manager refused, they set the building on fire, he said.
It’s believed a solvent was used to start the blaze, possibly gasoline, de la Garza said.
Earlier reports that a grenade attack caused the fire could not be verified, he said. An investigation is under way.
Between 20 and 30 people were trapped in the casino by debris, said Cmdr. Angel Flores with the Green Cross.