MONTERREY, Mexico – Members of an organized crime group threw a bomb at one of the bridges connecting Nuevo Laredo, a city in the northeastern Mexican state of Tamaulipas, to the United States, but no injuries or damage have been reported, officials said.
The attack occurred Saturday at the main border crossing linking the Mexican city to Laredo, Texas, the Nuevo Laredo city government said in a statement posted on an official Web site.
“An explosion was reported in the area around International Bridge One. It is being investigated,” the city government said.
The blast occurred on the access ramp to the international crossing, officials said.
The attack occurred just hours after unidentified individuals threw a grenade from a moving vehicle at the Televisa facility in Nuevo Laredo.
No one was injured in the attack on the television station, but two vehicles were damaged, Televisa’s general manager in Nuevo Laredo, Eduardo Martinez, said.
The grenade landed in the building’s entrance and shrapnel damaged an SUV and an employee’s car.
The blast also shattered the glass panels of the main entrance door.
A grenade was thrown at a police station earlier this weekend in the northern city of Monterrey, the capital of Nuevo Leon state, but it failed to explode.
An unidentified individual riding in a vehicle threw the grenade at the police station around 4:00 a.m. on Saturday.
Different streets in the metropolitan area were blocked around the same time.
Tamaulipas and neighboring Nuevo Leon have been dealing with a wave of violence unleashed by drug traffickers battling for control of smuggling routes into the United States.
The violence has intensified in the two border states since the appearance in February in Monterrey of giant banners heralding an alliance of the Gulf, Sinaloa and La Familia Michoacana drug cartels against Los Zetas, a band of Mexican special forces deserters turned hired guns.
After several years as the armed wing of the Gulf cartel, Los Zetas went into the drug business on their own account and now control several lucrative territories.
The cartels arrayed against Los Zetas blame the group’s involvement in kidnappings, armed robbery and extortion for discrediting “true drug traffickers” in the eyes of ordinary Mexicans willing to tolerate the illicit trade as long as the gangs stuck to their own unwritten rule against harming innocents.