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Police investigating videos of ‘Zetas Killers’

MEXICO CITY — The Mexican government said it is investigating videos posted on the Internet in which a gang of masked men vows to exterminate the violent Zetas drug cartel.

At least two videos have been posted by a group believed linked to the powerful Sinaloa cartel, which calls itself the “Mata Zetas,” or “Zetas Killers.” The Zetas were founded by deserters from an elite military unit and are known for their brutality.

In the most recent video, posted over the weekend, the group says it is attacking the Zetas because people are tired of the gang’s kidnappings and extortion.

“We are the armed wing of the people, and for the people,” says a man with a ski mask, who is seen in the video sitting at a table with four other masked associates and reading from a prepared statement.

“We are anonymous warriors, with faces, but proudly Mexican.”

The speaker said his group was prohibited by its ethical code from carrying out kidnappings or extortion.

DENMARK

Fire destroys iconic sports arena

COPENHAGEN — A fire raced through a 73-year-old sports arena in the Danish capital Wednesday, destroying the iconic building just hours before a sex fair was to open, officials said.

About 20 people involved with the erotic trade fair, who were sleeping inside the K.B. Hallen Arena when the blaze started, got out safely.

Three people were hospitalized with smoke inhalation, but they were discharged later Wednesday.

The blaze most likely started when overheated light bulbs set fire to nearby cardboard boxes inside the 1938 arena, police spokesman Lars-Christian Borg said.

K.B. Hallen was the capital’s main sports, concert and exhibition facility for decades, hosting several international tennis and badminton tournaments, boxing matches, concerts and exhibitions.

Tennis greats including Bjorn Borg, John McEnroe and Boris Becker played in the arena. Louis Armstrong, the Beatles and the Rolling Stones performed there.