Tuesday, October 5, 2010

Grenade Attack Leaves 12 Wounded in Nuevo Leon

 Twelve people were wounded in a grenade attack on a plaza in Guadalupe, a city in the northern Mexican state of Nuevo Leon, a city spokesman said on Sunday.

A lone assailant threw the grenade into the crowded plaza late Saturday, the city official said.

Eight adults and four children were wounded in the attack, which was captured by security cameras installed near city hall.

The victims belonged to three families that were out for a stroll on the plaza in Guadalupe, which is in the Monterrey metropolitan area.

The city government will cover the victims’ medical expenses, Guadalupe Mayor Ivonne Alvarez Garcia said.

Three grenade attacks on public buildings occurred in Monterrey, the capital of Nuevo Leon, in less than 24 hours.

A guard was wounded when a grenade was thrown at the federal court building, while another attack targeted the Topo Chico state prison and the third occurred near the U.S. Consulate.

The violence has intensified in Nuevo Leon since the appearance in February in Monterrey of giant banners heralding an alliance of the Gulf, Sinaloa and La Familia Michoacana drug cartels against Los Zetas, a band of Mexican special forces deserters turned hired guns.

After several years as the armed wing of the Gulf cartel, Los Zetas went into the drug business on their own account and now control several lucrative territories.

The cartels arrayed against Los Zetas blame the group’s involvement in kidnappings, armed robbery and extortion for discrediting “true drug traffickers” in the eyes of ordinary Mexicans willing to tolerate the illicit trade as long as the gangs stuck to their own unwritten rule against harming innocents.

More than 500 people have died in the drug war in Nuevo Leon this year.

Dozens of grenade attacks on public places and buildings have been staged this year, with organized crime groups blamed for the incidents.

The most serious grenade attack in Mexico in recent years occurred during the 2008 independence celebrations in Morelia, a city in western Mexico, where eight people were killed and dozens of others wounded.

The attack in Morelia sparked fears that Mexico’s drug cartels would expand the focus of their operations, striking out not just at the security forces but also at civilians.

Two people were hurt Wednesday when unknown assailants hurled a grenade at municipal government offices in the northern border city of Matamoros.

A number of people were inside city hall at the time of the 10:00 a.m. attack.

Two other unexploded grenades were found at the scene and officials ordered city hall and several nearby schools evacuated.

Matamoros, just across the border from Brownsville, Texas, is one of the largest cities in Tamaulipas state, which has been wracked this year by a territorial battle between rival drug cartels.

More than 28,000 people have died in drug-related violence since President Felipe Calderon declared war on Mexico’s cartels shortly after taking office in December 2006.

This year’s death toll has already topped 7,000.

6 comments:

  1. which scumbags are to blame for this one? los zetas? gulf cartel? now they have total disregard for children? are grenades the new trend for these low-lifes? the city govrenment will pay for the victims expenses? thats it? this is complete bullshit becuase the city government, once again, will do nothing! this one really pisses me off! thank god i dont live in mexico.

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  2. Weren't the original zeta founders trained by US military/intelligence operatives? Looks to me like the zeta's are puppets of US hegemony that got out of control. Or did they? Maybe just part of the grand design to destabilize our neighbor to the south.

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  3. Apparently, according to the Nuevo Leon attorney General, they weren't Zetas or CDG...They were just a "group of people trying to make it LOOK like Monterrey is unsafe, when actually we've been living in times peace and tranquility"

    I swear this man must be higher than a kite!!!

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  4. are you serious?????....blame americans ...??????...jesus , it never ends

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  5. Anonymous said...

    Weren't the original zeta founders trained by US military/intelligence operatives? Looks to me like the zeta's are puppets of US hegemony that got out of control. Or did they? Maybe just part of the grand design to destabilize our neighbor to the south.
    October 5, 2010 8:30 AM






    HAVE YOU EVER BEEN TO MEXICO???...I MEAN ANY PLACE OTHER THAN SOME TOURIST TRAP...HAVE YOU EVER BEEN TO MONTERREY???...

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  6. Monterrey is not a safe haven anymore. There are lots of killings there too. Right now all of mexico is a toilet bowl of narco caca. Even in cancun and acapulco they're committing massacres. Sinaloa too. What a shame.

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