Saturday, December 18, 2010
Car bomb explodes in Zuazua, Nuevo leon; Communication threatens 11 more
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A car bomb explosion injured three people in front of a police station in the municipality of Zuazua in Nuevo Leon state of northern Mexico on Friday, authorities said.
The explosion took place shortly after 1.00 p.m. local time and damaged a police motorcycle as well as three other vehicles which were parked nearby the police station. The blast also resulted in power outage in the nearby area.
The vehicle which carried out the attack was a white Nissan Tsuru that had been packed with explosives and parked near the police station. The explosion left a female police officer and two male civilians injured.
The two civilians, one of them identified as 48-year-old Pedro Benavides, sustained non-life threatening injuries and were transported to a local hospital for further treatment. Authorities said that no deaths were registered in the apparent drug-related attack.
Police and military forces secured the area after the blast and gathered evidence from the debris.
A letter sent to various local and national media sources stated the the car bomb that exploded outside the police station was in retaliation against corrupt police officers in Nuevo Leon; it also stated 11 more car bombs have been prepared.
The communication which was allegedly signed by the Gulf and Sinaloa Cartels indicated the car bomb was directed towards the "polizetas" of Nuevo Leon.
"THE STATE OF NUEVO LEON does not secure the security of it's citizens: There are more than 1000 kidnappings that have not been reported out of fear of the authorities.
All of us citizens know that the kidnappings are committed by Nuevo Leon police, known as Zeta police.
THE CAR BOMB detonated in ZUAZUA, N.L. is in protest of these kidnappers.
ELEVEN MORE CAR BOMBS await detonation as Justice for those who have disappeared.
The Polizetas and corrupt officials HAVE BEEN WARNED. "
This is the fourth car bomb attack in Mexico so far this year. In August, a car bomb exploded outside the Televisa television station in Ciudad Victoria, Tamaulipas state, causing damage but no casualties.
And on July 16, four people were killed, including two policemen, after an explosives-laden car rammed two police vehicles in Ciudad Juarez, one of Mexico’s most violent cities. The attack occurred after the arrest of Jesus Armando Acosta Guerrero, the alleged leader of the “La Linea” drug cartel.