Friday, September 16, 2011
Car bomb disrupts Diez y Seis celebration in Tamaulipas state capitol
The explosion of a car bomb was reported tonight in the state capitol of Ciudad Victoria, Tamaulipas.
The incident occurred around 11:00pm in the colonia 7 de Noviembre on Avenida Palma in the city’s west side.
Security officers who were at the scene reported that the car that exploded was a Nissan Stanza, white and without license plates.
The explosion was heard over an area of several blocks around and caused a state of near panic among neighbors who were celebrating Mexico’s national independence day at home.
Although there has been no release of an official report, there were apparently no injuries or deaths.
Ciudad Victoria has been a plaza under dispute between Los Zetas and the Gulf Cartel, and on March 15th of this year a car bomb exploded about a hundred feet from a municipal police installation, injuring 5 people.
In 2010 car bombs exploded outside of the state Department of Public Safety, the Televisa television station and a Transit Police office in Ciudad Victoria.
Army troops and State Police cordoned off a square block area around the explosion site while investigators arrived from the State Attorney General’s Office.
The incident occurred almost simultaneously with the celebration of the Cry of Independence made the Governor of Tamaulipas, Egidio Torre Cantú, at the Plaza Juarez, located about two miles from where the explosion occurred.