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Mexican officials deny organized crime link to firebombing in Nuevo León

December 8, 2016  |  Posted by: Francesca Falzarano
Mexican officials deny organized crime link to firebombing in Nuevo León

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Although officials in Nuevo León maintain that they are fighting against the astounding crime rate by targeting dangerous organized crime syndicates, high-impact attacks proceed while drug lords manage their criminal enterprises from behind the scenes.

On Sunday, a group of armed men ambushed a clothing store and started to throw Molotov cocktails inside, despite the presence of both employees and customers inside of the establishment. The government of Nuevo León has verified that the crude firebombs were used in the attack, but contend that the incident was not linked to organized crime.

According to Breitbart Texas, an estimated 70 employees and 80 customers were forced to evacuate out of the El Asturiano store in downtown Nuevo León’s after a fire alarm sounded.

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The store’s employees said that that two men threw at least two Molotov cocktails. The homemade bombs landed near the merchandise, which caused minor damage. The fire was quickly extinguished.

Although Police and Fuerza Civil arrived at the scene, the crimes scene was not properly protected as employees began to clean up the bomb residue before state investigators were able to collect evidence.

Just hours later, Nuevo Leon’s security spokesman, Aldo Fasci, announced that a group of men spoke to the business manager and left, only to return shortly after with the intention to launch an attack. While multiple individuals are believed to have played a role in the apparent extortion attempt, officials have not classified the incident as being tied to cartel-related crime.

Extortion in Nuevo León is not unique. Over five years ago, members of the Los Zetas burned down a gambling business called Casino Royale. During the fire, 52 victims died.

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