Mexico detains migrant accused of starting fire that killed 39

Mexican prosecutors say they have arrested a migrant accused of starting a fire that killed 39 people at an immigration detention centre near the U.S. border.

Three immigration officials and a private security guard have also been detained as part of a homicide investigation into the blaze that started on Monday night.

According to the authorities, the deceased were 18 Guatemalans, seven Salvadorans, seven Venezuelans, six Hondurans and one Colombian. The injured were 10 Guatemalans, eight Hondurans, five Salvadorans and five Venezuelans.

President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador, who has vowed there would be “no impunity” over the disaster, traveled to Ciudad Juarez on Friday to see the medical treatment given to the injured.

Video surveillance footage appeared to show guards leaving the detainees locked inside as flames spread and smoke filled the room.

Authorities have accused the people in charge of the facility in Ciudad Juarez of doing nothing to evacuate the detainees.

She did not identify the migrant accused of starting the fire in a cell where he was being held with 67 other men, apparently in a protest against deportations

Share this:

TV360 Nigeria

Nigeria's first exclusive online television news channel. We strongly uphold journalistic principles of TRUTH, BALANCE & FAIRNESS in our reportage & we believe there is no one side to a story.

Related Articles

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *