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Mexican Police Seize Suspected 2nd Parcel Bomb

MEXICO CITY – A police bomb squad removed a suspicious package sent to the Cinvestav research institute in this capital, the attorney general of the central state of Mexico said Wednesday.

The parcel was addressed to scientist Gerardo Herrera Corral, brother of a man who was targeted in a parcel-bomb attack earlier this week, Alfredo Castillo told MVS radio.

Herrera Corral is a an expert in high-energy physics and coordinator of the Mexican scientific team working on the Large Hadron Collider.

His brother, Armando Herrera Corral, and another scientist, Alejandro Aceves Lopez, were injured Monday when a parcel bomb exploded at a Monterrey Institute of Technology campus in Mexico state.

An anti-technology group calling itself Individuals Tending to Savagery issued a statement claiming responsibility for Monday’s blast, which caused significant, but not life-threatening injuries to the two professors.

In that statement and other writings posted on the Internet, ITS expresses a particular hostility toward nanotechnology and computer science.

Though there has been no claim of responsibility for the parcel sent to Cinvestav, Castillo’s comments to MVS implied that authorities assume ITS was also behind that incident.

The Mexican federal Attorney General’s Office on Wednesday urged “heads of nanotechnology research institutes and departments, companies and professional associations” to beef up their safety and mail-receipt protocols.

Addressed to Armando Herrera Corral, the package sent to Monterrey Tech was initially found on campus by a gardener, who gave it to a security guard, Mexican media said.

Herrera Corral, an information technology expert, reportedly took the package to professor Aceves Lopez’s office to show him what appeared to be an award.

At the bomb site, authorities found a partially burned note signed by the ITS group with a message along the lines of “wounding or killing teachers and students,” Castillo said Tuesday.

The group, meanwhile, published a lengthy statement on an Internet blog claiming responsibility for the attack.

“As you’ll see in this critique of nanotechnology, informatics, its effects and consequences, there are many truly powerful reasons why we carried out this attack at the Monterrey Tech (campus),” the group said.

Information gathered by Mexican federal authorities and Interpol indicates that the group opposes the “development of neo- or nanotechnology anywhere in the world” and is linked to several attacks in European countries such as Spain and France and also has a presence in Chile, Castillo said.

The state attorney general added that in April the ITS sent a similar bomb to the head of the Nanotechnology Engineering Division at the Polytechnical University of Mexico Valley, or UPVM, located in the town of Tultitlan, Mexico state, although that device did not explode.

That bomb “was placed in a cardboard box with labels similar to those of a private courier company and accompanied by a message with characteristics identical” to what was found at Monday’s bomb site.

On May 9, the UPVM received a second parcel bomb with a message that read: “This is not a joke: last month we targeted Oscar Camacho, today the institution, tomorrow who knows? Open fire on nanotechnology and those who support it!”

In a Web search of ITS, Efe found an extensive communique published on several anarchist, communist and radical blogs.

In it, the group expressed its affinity for terrorist Theodore Kaczynski, better known as the “Unabomber,” who killed three people and injured 23 others with a series of bombs sent to universities, airlines and other companies between 1978 and 1995 in an anti-technology crusade.

The group’s members also said they will not be afraid to target “the branches of the system of domination and those who support it and protect it.”

In the communique, the group blames economic and technological development for all types of natural disasters, including earthquakes, and expounds at length on the concepts of “revolution” and “urban guerrilla” warfare. EFE

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