According to an official news release issued today by Notimex , Mexico’s Defense Ministry (Sedena) has concluded that the 2 children allegedly shot and killed by the Mexican army at a checkpoint in the outskirts of Nuevo Laredo, Tamaulipas on April 3, 2010 were in fact caught in a crossfire during an altercation between army troops and cartel gunmen.
The news release states that Martin and Bryan Almanza Salazar were killed by shrapnel wounds inflicted by 40 mm fragmentation grenades that are not issued to Mexican army personnel and that the soldiers at the checkpoint did not have these weapons at their disposal. This statement, in effect, blames cartel gunmen for the children’s death.
Here is the press release issued by Notimex.
However there is a problem with this version of events. Either the Sedena investigators are inept or there is a deliberate attempt to coverup certain facts. Here is visual evidence that 40mm grenades are in fact issued to Mexican army personnel. Why is Sedena denying the fact that this weapon is issued to the army?
It is true that this weapon is also used by cartel forces but this denial by Sedena, who is responsible for knowing what weapons are issued to the army, puts the results of the investigation into very serious doubt.
The following 2 photos show Mexican army vehicles with mounted MK 19 40mm belt fed grenade launchers (40mm grenade machine guns)
The following 2 photos show Mexican army soldiers with standard issue HK G3 assault rifles and attached 40mm grenade launchers.