Attack on Mexican casino kills at least 51

August 26, 2011 06:35

MONTERREY - Armed men killed at least 51 people in an attack on a casino in northern Mexico that left the building ablaze with gamblers trapped inside, officials said on Thursday.

People remained stuck inside the Casino Royale building in Monterrey, a prosperous city 140 miles from the Texas border that has suffered from increasing criminal violence in recent months.

"There are more than 20 people dead but rescue efforts are still ongoing," Monterrey Mayor Fernando Larrazabal told a news conference.

A survivor told Milenio TV that a group of masked armed men driving four trucks arrived to the casino, burst into it and threatened gamblers. They then started spraying gasoline and set fire to the building.

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