Friday, September 16, 2011

Monterrey casino arson attack policeman's family killed

Gunmen in northern Mexico have shot dead three relatives of a police officer being held over a deadly arson attack on a casino last month.

The officer's father, stepmother and stepbrother were killed in their home in the city of Monterrey.

Police believe it was an act of revenge by the Zetas drugs cartel, after the officer named gang members allegedly involved in the casino attack.

The blaze killed 52 people and caused revulsion across Mexico.

Police officer Miguel Angel Barraza is one of six suspects detained in connection with the 25 August arson attack on the Casino Royale in Monterrey.

The other five are all alleged to be members of the Zetas cartel, which is thought to have torched the casino after its owners refused to pay protection money. more