Thursday, August 26, 2010

Grenade attack near Brownsville bridge has authorities on high alert

Mexican authorities responded Tuesday night to a shootout at Mexico’s attorney general’s office (PGR) in Matamoros and to a grenade that was thrown near B&M International Bridge. Sources say the incident began when a brief firefight broke out between Mexican military and armed gunmen at approximately 8 p.m. at the PGR offices on Sixth Street in Matamoros. It was not clear if anyone was injured or killed in this latest attack. During the attack, a grenade exploded near the Junta de Aguas y Drenajes facility a few yards away from B&M International Bridge. Because of the explosion, a number of federal, county and local law enforcement officials on the U.S. side of the border rushed to secure the area around the bridge. According to Cameron County Sheriff Omar Lucio, the sheriff’s department SWAT team was deployed to the bridge to help secure the area and prevent any possible spillover of violence...more

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