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Wed Aug 28, 2019, 09:43 AM

Mexico bar attack: fire leaves 25 dead and 13 injured

Source: Associated Press

Mexico bar attack: fire leaves 25 dead and 13 injured

Associated Press in Mexico City
Wed 28 Aug 2019 15.07 BST First published on Wed 28 Aug 2019 10.32 BST

Twenty-five people have been killed and about a dozen injured in an attack on a bar in the Mexican city of Coatzacoalcos, apparently overseen by a man who had been recently arrested but released.

“The criminals went in, closed the doors, the emergency exits, and set fire to the place,” said Andrés Manuel López Obrador, the president of Mexico, at his daily morning news conference.

Prosecutors initially said the fire killed eight women and 15 men and injured 13 people. López Obrador said the death toll had risen to 25, but did not specify the gender of the victims or the number of injured. There was no immediate information on their condition.

Veracruz state police said the Tuesday night attack targeted the “Bar Caballo Blanco,” though the bar’s name was in English on a sign outside: “The White Horse Nightclub.”

It advertised “quality, security and service,” private rooms for $7.50 “all night,” ‘‘sexy girls” and a pole dance contest.

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Read more: https://www.theguardian.com/world/2019/aug/28/mexico-bar-attack-fire-dead-injured-coatzacoalcos

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