COATZACOALCOS - At least 26 people were killed in an arson attack by suspected gang members on a bar in the southern Mexican port of Coatzacoalcos late on Tuesday, authorities said, in a fresh blow to the government's efforts to curb violence.
Calling the attack "horrendous," President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador said at a regular news briefing on Wednesday that the deaths occurred after the suspected gangsters closed the emergency exits of the bar in Coatzacoalcos and set fire to it.
The attack was one of the worst mass killings since the veteran leftist Lopez Obrador took office in December pledging to pacify Mexico by battling corruption and inequality.
So far, however, the number of murders has continued to rise after hitting record levels in 2018.
The attorney general's office of the state of Veracruz said in a statement that ten women and 16 men died in the "Caballo Blanco" bar, while another 11 people who were injured were being treated at nearby hospitals.