The Public Security Secretary for the state of Hidalgo, Damián Canales Mena, declared that the explosion that killed a state investigative policeman and wounded three others could be in retaliation for the deaths of several Zeta cartel members a few weeks ago in Tula.
A car bomb detonated Saturday morning at approximately 8:00 AM in the municipality of Tepeji del Rio, Hidalgo in central Mexico, about 90 kilometers from the center of Mexico City.
A state investigative police commander, Victor Pena, was gravely injured in the blast and passed away later in the day. Three other policemen, whose condition was not revealed by authorities, survived the attack.
Early Saturday morning state police officials received a call that reported a abandoned car with bodies inside on the edge of a road in the colonia El Carmen located in the municipality of Tepeji del Rio.
The explosion occurred when the officers arrived and opened the trunk of the abandoned car.
The Public Security Secretary for the state of Hidalgo, Damián Canales Mena, linked "Los Zetas" as possibly responsible for the explosion of the car bomb.
Canales Mena said that this attack against the police could be in retaliation for the deaths of several cartel members by the police a few weeks ago in that state.
Hidalgo is the home state of Heriberto Lazcano Lazcano, alleged leader of "Los Zetas" and an important transit point for narcotics.
CAR BOMB IN HIDALGO ... IF THIS IS NOT NARCOTERRORISM, WHAT IS?
A few hours ago, in the city of Tula, Hidalgo a car bomb exploded. So far, the casualties are a commander dead and three policemen wounded.
The commander who was killed was called Victor Peña. He was known for his active participation in the capture of various members of organized crime. It would not be unreasonable to think that the attack might well be in retaliation.
Anyway, with the outbreak of the car bomb, a major blow was dealt to the stubborn and obstinate Governor Miguel Angel Osorio Chong, and others, who up until today had insisted on denying the presence of criminal cells in Hidalgo and other states surrounding the Federal District (Mexico City).
In addition, it is demonstrated once again that criminals do not hesitate to resort to the threat of terror when trying to subdue the authorities.
How else do you explain the explosion of a car bomb in broad daylight, in a major city in the center of the country, if not as narco-terrorism?
Also noteworthy is that this terrorist attack, a clear affront to Mexico and the state of Hidalgo, occurs within hours of the arrival in Mexico, for the second time, of the U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.
Secretary of State Clinton comes to speak again about the insecurity and the growing spread of crime. Moreover, her government has expressed their concerns about narco-terrorism.
We have repeatedly said in this and other spaces that narco-terrorism is a reality. That criminals have found in fear a great strategy to subjugate the population and authorities.
Really, are there any more doubters in Mexico that we are beginning to see solid evidence of narco-terrorism?
We have a latent and growing problem, we are faced with a situation that is overwhelming and increasingly out of the control of law enforcement.
Given this evidence, the resources are exhausted for those who are bent on denying the existence of narco-terrorism in Mexico. And faced with a reality that is increasingly alarming and dangerous, it is undoubtedly necessary to stop the advance of the criminals and to strengthen the institutions responsible for dispensing justice.
So what are we waiting for?