Mexico: Casino Royale attack mastermind killed
By Dialogo April 05, 2012
MEXICO CITY — One of the alleged plotters of a deadly Mexican casino attack in which more than 50 people died has been killed in a battle with troops, the defense ministry said.
“The Mexican army repelled an attack in which Francisco Medina Mejía, aka El Quemado (The Burned), one of the masterminds of the attack on the Casino Royale, died,” the defense ministry said late April 4.
Another three alleged criminals were killed in the gun battle, which took place near the violence-wracked northern border city of Nuevo Laredo.
The casino attack in Monterrey last August — in which 52 people burned or suffocated when armed men set the crowded building ablaze — was one of the deadliest attacks yet in a brutal five-year crime wave.
Mexican authorities have said five local leaders of the feared Zetas drug cartel, including Medina Mejía, planned the attack. The Zetas are believed to have ordered the attack after the owner refused to pay protection money.
In January, authorities, who have offered more than US$1 million in reward money, claimed to have captured three of the five suspects.
[AFP, 05/04/2012; Eluniversal.com.mx (Mexico), 05/04/2012]