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Sep082011

Mexican Authorities Name 18 More Suspects in Deadly Casino Fire

Dario Leon/AFP/Getty Images(MONTERREY, Mexico) -- Mexican authorities have identified another 18 suspects in a Monterrey casino fire that killed 52 people last month, and are offering $1.3 million for information leading to each of their arrests.

A federal prosecutor says the suspects are members of the Zetas drug cartel.  

Authorities have already made several arrests linked to the fire, including a police officer and other members of the cartel, according to BBC News.

The attack took place Aug. 25 when gunmen entered Monterrey's Casino Royale, poured fuel throughout and set fire to the place before panic erupted among its patrons, BBC News reports.

Mexican President Felipe Calderon initiated a crackdown on drug cartels in 2006, according to BBC News, but since then, the gang violence has persisted.  The casino's arson attack is one of the deadliest acts of the violence.

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