Reporting on the Mexican Cartel Drug War

Mexico Investigates Grenade Attack on Saltillo Newspaper

Tuesday, May 31, 2011 |

Mexico's Justice Department has opened an investigation into a Sunday night grenade attack on the Vanguardia newspaper, in the northern city of Saltillo.

Written by Patrick Corcoran
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The explosion did not cause any injuries, but damaged the newspaper’s building and some cars parked in front. The Vaguardia attack seems to be an attempt to scare the newspaper’s editorial staff, something that has become increasingly common in the region.

Saltillo, which lies about half an hour west of Monterrey in the border state of Coahuila, was the site of the murder of Valentin Valdes, a reporter for the local daily Zocalo, in January 2010. Over the past two years, there have been seven attacks on media outlets in Coahuila; over the past five years, the figure comes to 22.

Coahuila is considered to be territory of the Zetas drug gang, who were suspected of the murder of Valdes. The once-peaceful state, which has a number of small border crossings as well as key transit routes to Monterrey and larger border towns like Nuevo Laredo and Reynosa, has turned more violent in recent years as the Zetas have battled it out with the Sinaloa and Gulf Cartels.

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3 Borderland Beat Comments:

Anonymous said...

Let me guess, now the USA is going to be blamed for providing Grenades to Mexico?.

'lito'brito said...

terror plain and simple ..a major tool of a repressive govt who rules by fear is the muzzling of the press..in this case the repressive shadow govt is the narcos

Anonymous said...

Did the Newspaper print an article SUPPORTING CALDERONS EFFORTS?? We all know the media in the BATTLE STATES is controlled by NARCOS.

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