by Chivis Martinez for Borderland Beat
At news conference Monday authorities denied the presence of an armed group representing El Chapo in Nuevo Laredo, Tamaulipas.
The local prosecutor said no evidence to suggest that in Nuevo Laredo there is a waging of a "War of Cartels” as officials said there is no evidence of the presence of an armed group representing the Sinaloa cartel.
The press conference was attended by the mayor, Benjamin Galvan Gomez DEM Colonel Carlos Seanez Lemon, head of the Safety Program Tamaulipas, in charge of the Office of the Public Security Secretariat, Alfonso Olvera Ledezma, the Director of the Municipal Police Roberto Garza Balmori, the Agents of the State Public Ministry, Victor Hernandez and Ricardo Almanza Mancillas Castillo.
It was the slaughter of 14 persons attributed to the Sinaloa Cartel with a Narco Manta signed by El Chapo, that prompted the news conference.
In related news 7 of the 14 have now been identified and of those 7 there has not been a link found to organized crime or an arrest history of any of the victims. This finding gives credence to the theory that more commonly cartels are using innocent persons as props in mass displays of violence.
Subsequently, this morning at 8:00 AM . A car bomb exploded outside the headquarters of the attorney general of Tamaulipas. Also housed in the building are the offices of the State Police Agencies and other police agencies.
“At the facilities of the Municipal Public Safety Building in the city of Nuevo Laredo, detonated an explosive device that was inside a van," the state attorney general's office said in a statement.
Some Mexican news reports are attributing the car bomb as the work of Chapo in response to the news conference of yesterday.
The attack caused minor injuries to civilians and damage to the facilities of that unit and another vehicle in addition to the van used in the attack, which was burned, stated the attorney general.
The outbreak, which resulted in police and military mobilization, occurred during the morning after several confrontations and blockades of various parts of the city by criminals, which led to the municipal authorities to warn people using social media to move about the city with caution.