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Monday, August 21, 2023

The Mexican Military Deactivated 2,241 Improvised Explosive Devices (IEDs) In Mexico In The Last Two Years

By "El Huaso" for Borderland Beat

The Mexican military deactivated 2,241 improvised explosive devices (IEDs) across half of the states in Mexico during the last two years, revealed the Secretariat of National Defense (Sedena).The report offers important context on the trend of criminal groups creating and using IEDs.

This Sedena data shows the scale of IED use in Mexico, an issue which has been gaining extensive attention after a number of high profile attacks on authorities in the last months. The data was released to the newspaper Milenio after a transparency request.

Milenio reported that the data shows that IEDs were found in 17 of Mexico's 32 states.* The state with the majority of these IEDs was Michoacán, with 881 recorded. 
Homemade explosives captured in Zacatecas @MrElDiablo8

Criminal groups across Mexico have been implementing IEDs for several years, using car bombs, explosives dropped from commercial drones, and improvised landmines buried under roads. Explosives have been used to target authorities in particular. 

On June 28, 2023, a car bomb exploded near the city of Celaya, Guanajuato killing one and injuring nine Guardia Nacional agents, as reported by Borderland Beat. The attack was planned by the CSRL who intended to kill local police. Days after, in another unrelated trap, four police officers and two civilians were killed by several IEDs while driving in Tlajomulco, Jalisco.
Car bomb explosion near Celaya, Guanajuato. Graphic created by Hearst.

The CJNG even has a unit dedicated to the manning of a fleet of commercial drones in the state of Michoacán, called "Operadores Droneros" (Drone Operators).

CJNG Drone operators patch. Source.

*The states where IEDs were found are:

Quintana Roo
San Luis Potosí

It is unclear if the state order is determined based on the number of IEDs found.


  1. That’s crazy. Wonder what happens to the ones they don’t find and detonate? So he poor guy gets blow to smithereens. Suffering suckatash

    1. Thats a great point. Hadn't considered that.
      I hope we arent going to see a Peru-CHile border situation in Mexico. Need extensive demining

    2. People still die from old unexploded bombs used in the Vietnam war. And that's about half a century ago.

    3. Might be a job opportunity, trained by the military and then go out and support your community

    4. @10:21 well there's a silver lining I suppose

  2. Drug ring busted in Adams County, CO
    Ran for 15 years

  3. Got a feeling a lot of under reporting and covering a lot of the explosions up.

  4. Like it or not. The United States isn’t going to just stand by while cartels continue to expand and upgrade their attack capabilities. Sooner or later they will invade and destroy the cartels. And everyone that supports them.

    1. I think you may be right. The war drums are beating

    2. Dont think so, russia today and china in the future.

    3. 6:47 - Never going to happen, at least not with everything else that’s currently going on in the world. You have the Russian-Ukrainian war, you have all the different military coups going on in Africa, you have China constantly threatening to invade Taiwan, and you have North Korea constantly showing aggression towards South Korea and Japan. Now, none of these conflicts really have anything to with the U.S. but we all know that the U.S. has this weird obsession with babysitting everyone. The U.S. will, or in some cases, has already gotten involved in some of these conflicts. The point is the U.S. already has their plate full. With everything else currently going on in the world, invading your next door neighbor and your biggest trading partner (Mexico surpassed China earlier this year) is probably not a good idea.

  5. Looks the bagdad

    1. These come from above but the stuff in iraq was more sophisticated.

  6. Cartels get it from white nationalist in the States who say they hate immigrants but still do business with them they are obsessed with weapons they were born with bullets in their mouths instead of pacifiers.


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