A cell leader of the most powerful cartel in Mexico has been identified as the person behind the night club bombing in which 26 people died and 11 were injured on Tuesday night.
Governor Cuitláhuac García went to his Twitter account on Wednesday morning and revealed that Ricardo Romero Villegas, also known as & # 39; La Loca & # 39 ;, led a group of armed men to the White Horse nightclub in Coatzacoalcos, Veracruz and a Molotov cocktail attack launched.
A fire started, which subsequently invaded several regular customers, killing 16 men and 10 women.
& # 39; The clues about the deplorable crime in the Coatzacoalcos bar indicate that one of the material authors is Ricardo (Romero Villegas) & # 39; aka & # 39; La Loca & # 39; was arrested by Veracruz troops in July of this year and released within 48 hours. by the (Attorney General), & García wrote.
Romero Villegas was arrested last month for possession of drugs by Mexican Marines on August 7, but ordered two days later released by the Attorney General's office in Mexico and not by the Veracruz Attorney General's office.
He is suspected of being the leader of the Jalisco New Generation Cartel & # 39; s cell in Coatzacoalcos.
The owner of The White Horse was kidnapped and that the cartel wanted to use the club as a drug hub, according to the Mexican outlet Milenio.
& # 39; They closed the escape door and they burned part of the entrance with gas, made an explosion and the people died choking, & # 39; said Garcia.
View of the interior of the White Horse nightclub after an attack in Cotzacoalcos, Mexico, on Tuesday evening. The governor of the Southeast Mexican state of Veracruz identified the responsible person as Ricardo, also known as & # 39; La Loca & # 39 ;, who was arrested in July and released within 48 hours by the Attorney General's office
Mexico President Andrés Manuel López Obrador said during his daily press briefing on Wednesday that the suspects locked the doors during the attack and the visitors were trapped in the The White Horse nightclub (pictured above)
Six of the injured victims suffered 90% of their body burns and were in critical condition.
State police are investigating a possible arson, which may have started with gas bombs, and said the search for the attackers continues.
On Wednesday, the President of Mexico, Andrés Manuel López Obrador, said during his daily press briefing that the suspects locked the doors during the attack.
& # 39; They closed the doors of the emergency exits and burned the place, it is very unfortunate, I am sad that so far 25 have lost them. Very sad, & López Obrador said.
The leftist leader also called for an open investigation into the office of the Attorney General of Veracruz.
& # 39; There is a problem where the actions of the Veracruz public prosecutor must be investigated. It has been condemned that there is a conflict with the authorities, & López Obrador said.
& # 39; The least we have to do is to separate the authorities from delinquents, otherwise we won't move forward. & # 39;
A gang attacked The White Horse nightclub on Tuesday-evening (photo) in Veracruz, Mexico and killed 26 people and injured 11
Relatives (photo) of victims respond while waiting for news at the entrance to the Mexican nightclub on Tuesday where attackers bombarded it with Molotov cocktails, 26 dead and 11 injured
Governor Veracruz Cuitláhuac García identified the brain of the night club bombing on Tuesday evening
Garcia previously 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.
& # 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.
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;
The White Horse nightclub is located in a busy shopping street in Coatzacoalcos, a city of which oil and oil refining have long been the most important industry.
The attack came nearly eight years until the day after a fire started in 2011 in a Casino Royale 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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