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Attack on Mexico Bar Kills 23, Injures 13

Fire ripped through Coatzacoalcos bar
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Aug 28, 2019 5:19 AM CDT
Updated Aug 28, 2019 6:42 AM CDT
Emergency vehicles outside the bar in Coatzacoalcos.   (YouTube)

(Newser) – An attack on a bar in Mexico's Gulf coast city of Coatzacoalcos killed 23 people and injured 13 late Tuesday. The attackers started a fire that ripped through the bar, killing eight women and 15 men, the AP reports. There was no immediate information on the condition of the injured. State police identified the establishment as the Bar Caballo Blanco, and said the search was continuing for the attackers. The fire may have been started with gasoline bombs.

The attack came almost eight years to the day after a fire started in 2011 at a casino in the northern city of Monterrey killed 52 people. The Zetas drug cartel staged that attack to enforce demands for protection payments. The Zetas, now splintered, have also been active in Coatzacoalcos. The attack, along with the killing of 19 people in the western city of Uruapan earlier this month, is likely to renew fears that the public, theatrical violence of the 2006-2012 drug war has returned. (Read more Mexico stories.)

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