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Feds detain state cop in deadly casino arson
Mexico police detain state police officer in arson that killed 52
By The Associated Press

MEXICO CITY (AP) ' Federal police have arrested a state police officer in connection with the arson fire at a casino that killed 52 people in northern Mexico.

Mexico's Attorney General's regional chief Jose Cuitlahuac Salinas says the state police agent was caught in a surveillance video inside an SUV outside Casino Royale, presumably connected to the attack.

The agent is in custody of federal investigators, Salinas said late Thursday.



Five alleged members of the Zetas drug cartel have been arrested in connection with last week's fire, called one of the worst attacks in Mexico's five-year drug war. Police have said at least 12 people were involved.

Agents are investigating whether the attack was in retaliation for not paying extortion money.


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