Thursday, August 25, 2011
Dozens dead in Monterrey terrorist attack
In what can only be regarded as a terrorist attack by suspected drug cartel hitmen, an establishment known as the Casino Royale located in the municipality of San Pedro in the Monterrey metropolitan area was attacked this afternoon resulting in a confirmed death count of 53 victims.
Ten wounded survivors have been accounted for in addition to an unknown number of unharmed survivors. First responders are credited with saving lives by knocking down walls of the establishment.
Different versions of the attack are stating that either incidiary grenades were used or that the interior of the establishment was doused with gasoline and set on fire.
According to authorities the number of fatalities is expected to climb.
Frantic requests by persons searching for friends and relatives flooded social media sites.
Nuevo Leon Governor Rodrigo Medina stated in an interview that tonight authorities are concentrating on the search for more victims and the identification of the bodies recovered so far.
The Governor stated that the investigation of the attack with the help of federal authorities will commence after the site is secured.
In the interview Medina stated that 6 attackers travelling in 2 vehicles were involved but their identities or links to criminal groups are unknown at this time.
President Calderon sent his condolences via his Twitter page to the victims of this "act of terror". He added that "these repugnant acts motivate us to persevere in this fight against these criminal gangs that have no scruples. All our support goes to Nuevo Leon."
This latest attack follows last night's attacks on casinos owned by Jorge hank Rhon in the northern Mexican cities of Reynosa and Saltillo, in the states of Tamaulipas and Coahuila respectively.
Last night in Saltillo, a "Caliente" casino was attacked by gunmen at 11:15PM. Almost simultaneously a grenade exploded outside another "Caliente" casino in Reynosa.
One person was reported injured in Saltillo.