The Castillo del Mar bar in Cancun was attacked by a gang of men dressed in black. Eight at the bar are believed dead. At this time there is no word on whether Americans were in the bar at the time. Six Mexican nationals died at the bar and two in-hospital. Update 4:22 CDT 8/31/10: The dead are reportedly six women and two men, all Mexican nationals and employees of the Castillo del Mar.
At 1:30 a.m., the bar was fire-bombed with ‘petrol,’ also known as ‘Molotov cocktails.’ The bar manger escaped injury. Two women working in the bar were killed. All died of burns or asphyxiation. MSNBC is reporting the bar owners refused to pay protection money.
Castillo del Mar is located just five miles from the busy tourist region of Cancun. It not considered a popular tourist destination.