Reporting on the Mexican Cartel Drug War

Bomb Wounds 20 in Mexican Resort City

Friday, August 27, 2010 |

Rescue workers help a man who was injured after a fragmentation grenade exploded next to an open air bar in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico, early Thursday, Aug. 26, 2010.

At least 20 people were wounded, four of them seriously, when unidentified individuals tossed a bomb into a bar in Puerto Vallarta, a resort city on Mexico’s Pacific coast, police said Thursday.

The attack occurred around midnight Wednesday at the Pink Cheladas bar, where about 150 young people were partying, Puerto Vallarta police department spokesmen told Efe.

The majority of the victims are in their 20s and one is 35.

Two of the victims had to have limbs amputated, while a third has an exposed leg fracture.

The press reported that a grenade was used in the attack, but the police spokesmen said investigators had not yet determined whether the assailants used a grenade or a Molotov cocktail.

The army and navy are trying to identify the type of weapon used in the attack in Puerto Vallarta, which is in Jalisco state.

The assailants threw the bomb “inside the bar” and “it exploded nearly in the middle” of the establishment, police department spokesmen said.


Five bomb threats had been received this year by different establishments in Puerto Vallarta, with the latest coming early Saturday, but no attacks had taken place.

No threats were received at the Pink Cheladas bar before the attack, police said.

No arrests have been made, but investigators have taken statements from most of the injured and the investigation is “at an advanced stage,” police said.

The governor of Jalisco state says it was an accident.

The governor of Jalisco, Emilio Gonzalez Marquez, says the grenade went off by accident.

Speaking on local radio, the governor said some young people had brought grenades into the bar "Pink Cheladas" just off the tourist strip in Puerto Vallarta.

One of the young men was carrying a bucket of beers and accidentally tripped the explosive, according to the governor.

No one was killed in the explosion but at least 4 people had to have their legs amputated...

Grenades have become a common weapon of Mexico's drug cartels. This week there have been several grenade attacks in the northern industrial city of Monterrey.

Gov. Gonzalez says the police can't patrol every bar and nightclub... and it's up to bar owners to make sure weapons aren't allowed inside.

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7 Borderland Beat Comments:

Anonymous said...

Extortion,protection, pay or we will destroy your business, do you think legalizing drugs will have any effect on the host of non drug crimes occuring daily 72 dead in San Fernando. The people in Mexico have no choice the toilet must be flushed,allthe cries about human rights ,military abuse, are secondary the job must be done the future of Mexico is at stake.

Anonymous said...

The video is not of the grenade explosion in Puerto Vallarta ... it is from somewhere else in Mexico. It is very misleading that you would post that video with the Puerto Vallarta story.

Anonymous said...

Yes legalizing drugs will work. It has a two fold effect; first the main supply of plata for the cartels will be removed. Do you think the sicarios are throwing grenades for free. If the cartels can't pay you will see an eventual drop in the level of violence. The second is the legal production of these drugs will provide gainful employment for the campesinos (who will grow these product) who will not then leave for cities where they are exploited and turn to a life of crime. In tourism from the US will certainly increase providing an additional revenue stream. The product will also provide much needed tax revenue for the mx govt.

I think there is a generation of young mexicans that are in trouble

Anonymous said...

One more thing. What do you propose? More guns? US intervention? Private mercenary groups. All these things have ever produced is more dead people. BTW I heard this was not an intentional attack but that the grenede went off accidentally. Is this true or was it an attack?

Anonymous said...

One thing is for sure if it happened in Mexico its anyones guess what the truth is.

Anonymous said...

The granade was tossed into the bar in Puerto Vallarta, it wasn't a cell of the Sinola cartel playing with a granade. The cartel are not suicide bombers, they don't blow themselves up when they go after someone for revenge. Typical Mexico cover-up.

Anonymous said...

the Governor sounds like he is being payed off,the facts are not in and he is making statements.mum

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