Obama condemns deadly attack on Mexican casino

VINEYARD HAVEN, Mass. (AP) ? President Barack Obama is condemning as “barbaric” and “reprehensible” a deadly assault on a Mexican casino that killed 52 people.

In a statement issued from Martha’s Vineyard, Mass., where he is wrapping up a vacation, Obama said Friday that the Mexican government and its people are waging a brave fight to disrupt violent transnational criminal organizations and that the U.S. will remain a partner with Mexico in that fight.

He said America’s thoughts and prayers were with the victims and their families.

Mexican officials say a group of at least eight assailants poured gasoline inside the Casino Royale in Monterrey, Mexico, on Thursday, trapping dozens of people inside. The government is offering a $2.4 million reward for information leading to the perpetrators.