At 5:00 am on Saturday, April 23rd, on a stretch of highway near Hidalgo, Tamaulipas, two public service passenger buses, reported damages from gunfire projectiles, a third bus attack on the same date, has also been confirmed.
VICTORIA. - The government of Tamaulipas confirmed an attack on a total of three autobuses on the Victoria-Monterrey highway around the 82+400km in the city of Hidalgo, on the border of Nuevo Leon, which left three passengers injured.
According to a statement released by the State Attorney General’s office (PGJE), at 5:00 in the morning on that stretch of highway two public service passenger buses, reported damage received by firearm projectiles.
“In one of the autobuses, bound for the city of Monterrey, Nuevo Leon, traveled Imelda Coronado Benitez, 39 yrs old; and in the other bound for Nuevo Laredo, traveled Jose de Jesus Espinoza de Leon.”
"Both received injuries from the projectiles and were transferred immediately to the Civil Hospital of Victoria City to receive medical attention.
The first (Benitez) is out of danger, while the second (Espinoza de Leon) is in intensive care for assessment,” the statement explains.
The same source from the Federal Transit Police also acknowledged another bus bound for Monterrey in which Alejandra Lugo Smith, who resides in Linares, Nuevo Leon, was injured.
“The injured person was transferred by the Red Cross to the hospital of the Mexican Institute of National Health (IMSS) in the same city (Victoria), where she received medical attention and is out of the danger,” the statement explains.
At this time, Espinoza de Leon remains in critical condition, and the motive behind the attacks remains unclear. The state authorities have not announced any suspects but have condemned the attacks and are making plans to increase state and federal police presence in the city of Hidalgo.
“The Government of the State of Tamaulipas strongly condemns these acts of violence against innocent people, and will assume a rigorous investigation to clearly identify those responsible.”
Hidalgo, Tamaulipas residents by telephone, stated that the city has survived months of living in the shadows due to the presence of hitmen, for the last six months, at least, who have carried out shootings in every corner of the city.
Source: El Manana, Milenio