About 700 soldiers, police, and Treasury agents seized 1,500 slot machines from 11 casinos around Monterrey, Mexico, in the wake of Thursday's attack on a local casino that killed 52 people, reports the AP. Authorities did not link the raids to Thursday's attack, but instead said they were part of more general gambling and tax investigations. While drug cartels are known to extort casinos, a spokesman for the torched casino denied having received any extortion threats, despite two previous attacks on the location.
Meanwhile, the Mexican army said it was deploying 1,500 soldiers to the region, and federal police are sending 1,500 officers and Blackhawk helicopters in a bid to increase security in the northern city of 4 million people. (Read more Monterrey, Mexico stories.)