The fire bombing of a bar in the Mexican resort of Cancun has been blamed on the country’s drug gang culture.

Six women and two men died in the pre-dawn blaze at the Castillo del Mar bar, in a poor area away from Cancun’s tourist zone last week.

Mexican police have arrested six suspects who told police a drug gang hired them to throw gasoline bombs at the bar in an extortion attempt.

Businesses throughout the country can be hit for protection money, and sometimes set on fire if they refuse.

Cancun, one of the top Mexican destinations for British tourists, has largely avoided Mexico’s drug violence, but cartels and migrant traffickers reportedly operate in the area.