Friday, August 06, 2010

Mexico confirms car had explosive device aboard; 9 headless bodies found

Investigators said Friday there was an explosive device aboard a car that blew up outside police headquarters in the border state of Tamaulipas, the second car-bomb attack against law enforcement in less than a month. Authorities are still working to determine what explosives were used, who planted the bomb and how it was detonated, according to a state police spokesman who was not authorized to be quoted by name. No one was hurt by Thursday's blast in a parking lot outside a police station near Ciudad Victoria, the state capital, but two police vehicles were damaged. On July 15, a car bomb killed a policeman, a doctor and a kidnap victim used as a decoy in the border city of Ciudad Juarez, across from El Paso, Texas. A drug gang has been blamed for that attack. Also Friday, authorities in the western state of Sinaloa announced the discovery of nine bodies in a clandestine grave believed to be linked to drug gangs. The bodies were found in a pit in the coastal city of Mazatlan, said Martin Gastelum, a spokesman for the Sinaloa state prosecutors' office. An anonymous tip led police to the site. Four of the bodies were missing their heads, and the victims appear to have been killed anywhere from a month to a year ago...more

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