3 killed in drug gang attack on police in Mexico
CIUDAD JUAREZ, Mexico — Members of a northern Mexico drug gang rammed a car bomb into two police patrol trucks Thursday in the border city of Ciudad Juarez on Thursday, killing two officers and a medical technician, and wounding nine people.
Federal police said the attack — which may be one of the first uses of an explosive-packed car in Mexico — was in retaliation for the arrest of a top leader of the La Linea drug gang, Jesus Acosta Guerrero, earlier in the day.
Seven officers and two civilians were wounded in the attack, said a state police source who was not authorized to be quoted by name. He said the compact passenger car had apparently been carrying some kind of explosive or inflammable device when it rammed the police pickup trucks.
Federal police confirmed in a statement that the car rammed the patrol vehicles, but were not immediately available to confirm what, if anything the car was carrying.
Police said the man arrested Thursday, Acosta Guerrero, 35, was the “operations leader” of the la Linea gang, which works for the Juarez drug cartel.
It said he was responsible for at least 25 executions, mainly of rival gang members, and also ordered attacks on police.
Drug gangs have previously attacked Mexican soldiers and law enforcement officers with grenades and powerful rifles, but seldom have been known to use explosives.
Mexico blames explosion in border city on car bomb
CIUDAD JUAREZ, Mexico (Reuters) – An explosion that killed at least three people in Ciudad Juarez was a car bomb set off by a cell phone, a Mexican military spokesman said on Friday.
The blast tore through an intersection in Ciudad Juarez across the border from El Paso, Texas, late on Thursday in what the security ministry said was retaliation for the arrest of a drug cartel boss.
“There were 10 kilos (22-pounds) of explosives, activated from a distance by a cell phone,” Enrique Torres, spokesman for the army in Ciudad Juarez, told Reuters.
It was not immediately clear what kind of explosive was used in the blast, or who was responsible.
It is the first attack of its kind since Mexican President Felipe Calderon took office in 2006, launching a war to crush powerful drug cartels that are vying for lucrative smuggling routes to U.S. markets.