Mexican cartel gasoline bombs a crowded nightclub that kills 23 people and injures 13 amid fear of a new drug gang war
- At least 23 people were killed after the fire broke out in a bar in southern Mexico
- Thirteen others were seriously injured after the fire on Tuesday evening
- Veracruz governor Cuitlahuac Garcia suggested a gang conflict
- The police identified the establishment as the Bar Caballo Blanco in Coatzacoalcos
A suspected arson attack on a bar in southern Mexico on Tuesday night killed 23 people and injured 13.
The attackers started a vicious fire that tore through the Caballo Blanco bar in Coatzacoalcos, Veracruz and killed eight women and 15 men.
State police are investigating a possible arson, which may have started with gas bombs, and said the search for the attackers continues.
Veracruz governor Cuitlahuac Garcia suggested that a gang conflict was involved in the fire.
The attack, along with the murder of 19 people in the western city of Uruapan earlier this month, is likely to renew the fear that the public violence of the 2006-2012 drug war has returned.
View of the interior of the Caballo Blanco bar after an attack in Cotzacoalcos, Mexico, on Tuesday evening
Relatives of victims respond while waiting for news at the entrance of the Mexican bar on Tuesday
& # 39; In Veracruz, criminal gangs are no longer tolerated & # 39 ;, Garcia wrote about the attack, with police, armed forces and the newly formed National Guard searching for the perpetrators.
& # 39; The devious crime of a few moments ago in Coatzacoalcos will not go unpunished & # 39 ;, he continued in a tweet.
The Attorney General's office condemned & # 39; what could be a malicious attack & # 39 ;.
Photos of the scene showed a destroyed interior with seats toppled and debris on the floor and emergency vehicles and police outside the building.
There was no immediate information about the condition of the injured.
National Guard agents guarding at the bar's entrance. The search for the attackers continues, said the governor of Veracruz
Veracruz governor Cuitlahuac Garcia suggested on his Twitter account that a gang conflict was involved in the fire
The Attorney General's office (photo) condemned & # 39; what could be a malicious attack & # 39;
Citing reports, the Los Angeles Times said that Molotov cocktails had been thrown into the bar.
It is located in a shop in a busy shopping street in Coatzacoalcos, a city whose oil industry has long been the most important industry.
The attack came nearly eight years until the day after a fire started in 2011 in a casino in the northern city of Monterrey, 52 people were killed. The Zetas drug cartel organized that attack to enforce claims for protection payments.
The now splintered Zeta & # 39; s are also active in Coatzacoalcos.
Veracruz is one of the most violent & # 39; s regions in Mexico. Drug trafficking routes are coming to the United States and bloody battles often erupt between rival drug gangs.
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