GRENADE ATTACK ON MEXICAN CASINO MAY BE PART OF A ‘FAST AND FURIOUS SCANDAL’
By NWV News writer Jim Kouri
September 17, 2011
At least 53 people were killed and upwards of 30 were wounded in an apparent grenade attack at a casino in Monterrey, Mexico, the capital of Nuevo Leon, according to a U.S. law enforcement officer assigned to Mexico City.
Even more troubling is the suspicion that the grenades used in that attack were part of a shipment of weapons involved in the ATF’s Operation Fast & Furious.
The incident occurred at the Casino Royale when two males aboard the back of a pickup truck pulled up to an entrance and allegedly tossed three hand grenades into the building. Between 20 and 30 people were trapped inside the casino because of debris from the grenade blasts, said the U.S. officer who requested anonymity.
A Spanish newspaper, El Diario, claims a video from the scene showed a burned-out building as firefighters made rescue attempts to break the wall of the facade of the casino to release the deadly smoke inside the building.
“In fires, most victims die from smoke inhalation. By the time the actual fire reaches them, they’re already dead,” said former New York fire marshal Jan Petton.