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article imageEight people killed in gas bomb attack in Mexican bar

By Igor I. Solar     Aug 31, 2010 in Crime
Mexico - At least eight people died early today after an attack with gasoline bombs caused a fire in a crowded bar in the Mexican resort city of Cancún, México.
According to the Diario de Yucatan (in Spanish), citing preliminary reports of Justice Attorney of the Mexican State of Quintana Roo, Francisco Alor Quesada, the attackers arrived this morning in two black luxury cars and threw the bombs Molotov cocktails into the Castillo del Mar in Cancun causing a fire. Although most customers and employees managed to get out, six female workers and two male customers were killed because of severe burns.
The reasons for the attack have not been established and authorities do not have enough information to identify those responsible. The Bar Castillo del Mar is away from the tourist hotel zone and the bar owners had often received extortion threats and proposals for “protection” that had not been accepted.
Yucatán, the northern part of the state of Quintana Roo, where the Mexican Caribbean resort of Cancún is located, has been an area disputed for months by several rival gangs among which are members of “Los Zetas” and “El Cartel del Golfo".
Last week, members of “Los Zetas” gunned down 72 illegal immigrants after they refused to pay extortion money, according to one of the survivors.
Seven major groups of drug traffickers have been identified as fighting for control of drug market traffic from Mexico into the United States. The worst of the war between the gangs has been going on since the start of the government of President Felipe Calderón in 2006 and has left over 28,000 dead in bombings, assassinations and kidnappings.
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