Officials Still Seeking Those Who Started Fire at a Monterrey, Mexico Casino

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Mexican officials are still looking for those who  started the fire at a Monterrey casino, which killed 52 people.

The incident caused widespread disgust in Mexico.

It has also led to questions over the extent of links between casinos, local officials, police and drug gangs. You know, the cartels.

Several people had already been arrested in connection with the fire on 25 August, including a police officer and five suspected members of the Zeta Cartel.

On Wednesday, federal prosecutors named 18 more people sought in connection with the arson attack.

Several gunmen burst into Monterrey’s Casino Royale in broad daylight, dousing it with fuel and setting it alight in what is thought to be a case related to extortion.

Panic ensued with people inside struggling to reach the emergency exits or taking refuge in back offices or toilets. Many were overcome by smoke which spread rapidly through the building.

The attack was one of the deadliest episodes of violence since President Felipe Calderon launched his crackdown on drug gangs in late 2006.

We hope justice prevails.

A casino should be a place where ordinary people can enjoy themselves.

We’ll follow the story.

Again… another reason, though, to have online casinos legalized in the U.S.

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