After Fatal Casino Attack, Mexican Officials Focus on Organized Crime’s Link

The New York Times, 8/26/11

An arson attack on a casino in northern Mexico on Thursday that left 52 people dead has thrown a spotlight on the growth of gambling houses throughout the country and their role in organized crime.

In what President Felipe Calderón called an act of “true terrorists,” armed men in four vehicles — a Mini Cooper leading sport utility vehicles and a pickup truck — calmly drove up to the Casino Royale in Monterrey at midafternoon, dashed inside, ordered people to get out and set it ablaze with a flammable liquid.

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