Gunmen attack Mexican casino, killing dozens

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Associated Press

Posted on August 26, 2011 at 1:30 AM

Updated Friday, Aug 26 at 2:34 AM

MONTERREY, Mexico (AP) — The death toll at a Casino in Monterrey, Mexico continues to climb as workers pull more bodies out of the burned building.

Police say gunmen burst into the Casino Royale Thursday afternoon, spread gasoline and ignited a fire that trapped and killed at least 53 gamblers and employees.

Mexican President Felipe Calderon tweeted that the attack was "an abhorrent act of terror and barbarism.

Police say survivors told them that armed men burst into the casino, apparently to rob it, and began dousing the building with fuel from tanks they brought with them. The attackers told people to get out, but many of them terrified, fled further inside the building, becoming trapped.

Family members were allowed to view bodies in the morgue to help identify the victims, but some families say their loved ones are still missing.

It was the second time in three months that the casino was attacked. On May 25, gunmen attacked the Casino Royale and three other casinos. In recent months, Monterrey has seen bloody turf battles between two drug cartels.

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357-c-12-(By Kathy Corcoran, AP correspondent)-"and the fire"-AP correspondent Kathy Corcoran reports the gunmen reportedly told people to leave, but instead, some employees and customers fled deeper into the casino. (25 Aug 2011)

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355-c-10-(By Kathy Corcoran, AP correspondent)-"place on fire"-AP correspondent Kathy Corcoran reports an attack Thursday by gunmen on a casino in Monterrey left more than 50 people dead. (25 Aug 2011)

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356-c-13-(By Kathy Corcoran, AP correspondent)-"rob the casino"-AP correspondent Kathy Corcoran reports authorities believe a drug cartel was behind the casino attack. (25 Aug 2011)

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APPHOTO MXEV125: Paramedics remove the body of a woman out of the Casino Royale in Monterrey, Mexico, Thursday Aug. 25 2011. Two dozen gunmen burst into the casino in northern Mexico on Thursday, doused it with a flammable liquid and started a fire that trapped gamblers inside, killing at least 32 people and injuring a dozen more, authorities said. (AP Photo/Hans Maximo Musielik) (25 Aug 2011)

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APPHOTO MXEV131: Smoke billows from the Casino Royale in Monterrey, Mexico, Thursday Aug. 25, 2011. Two dozen gunmen burst into the casino in northern Mexico on Thursday, doused it with a flammable liquid and started a fire that trapped gamblers inside, killing at least 32 people and injuring a dozen more, authorities said. (AP Photo) (25 Aug 2011)

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APPHOTO MXEV128: Smoke billows from the Casino Royale as rescue vehicles surround the building in Monterrey, Mexico, Thursday Aug. 25 2011. Two dozen gunmen burst into the casino in northern Mexico on Thursday, doused it with a flammable liquid and started a fire that trapped gamblers inside, killing at least 32 people and injuring a dozen more, authorities said. (AP Photo/Hans Maximo Musielik) (25 Aug 2011)

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