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Investigators walk through debris of the charred Casino Royale after a deadly arson assault, in Monterrey, Mexico AP Photo/Arnulfo Franco

Mexican police agent arrested during casino fire probe

52 people were killed in an arson fire at a casino in Northern Mexico last week.

A STATE OFFICER has been arrested by police in connection with an arson fire at a Mexican casino that killed 52 people.

The fire gutted the casino in Monterrey, Northern Mexico last week.

Police said that the agent was caught on CCTV inside an SUV outside the Casino Royale, and this SUV was presumed to be connected to the attack.

On Sunday, five alleged members of the Zetas drug cartel were arrested in connection with the fire.

Police say at least 12 people were involved in the arson attack.

Witnesses said that armed men burst into the casino, apparently to rob it. They then began dousing the building with fuel from tanks they brought with them.

Monterrey Mayor Fernando Larrazabal said at the time that many of the bodies were found inside the casino’s bathrooms, where employees and customers had locked themselves to escape the gunmen.

It was the second time in three months that the Casino Royale was targeted.

Gunmen struck it and three other casinos on 25 May, spraying the building with bullets, but no was reported injured in that attack.

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