- Title: MEXICO: Twelve injured grenade attack in Monterrey
- Date: 4th October 2010
- Summary: MONTERREY, MEXICO (OCTOBER 3, 2010) (ORIGINALLY 4:3) (REUTERS) ( NIGHT SCENES) POLICE CORDON AT SCENE OF GRENADE ATTACK BUILDING ON PLAZA AND POLICE STANDING BY POLICE CORDON BOOTS OF POLICE OFFICERS POLICE STANDING ON PLAZA BUILDING ON PLAZA POLICE WITH FLASHLIGHT LOOKING FOR EVIDENCE PARK BENCH WITH SHRAPNEL MARKS IN CONCRETE WALL PLAZA WHERE GRENADE ATTACK HAPPENED POLICE AT SCENE EXAMINING EVIDENCE BLOOD ON GROUND POLICE/CORDON AT PLAZA POLICEMAN WITH GUN PATROLLING POLICEMAN LOOKING IN SHRUBS WITH FLASHLIGHT MORE SCENES OF PLAZA WHERE GRENADES WENT OFF POLICE VEHICLES NEAR PLAZA POLICE CORDON AT ENTRANCE TO PLAZA POLICE LOOKING IN SHRUBS
- Embargoed: 19th October 2010 13:00
- Location: Mexico
- Country: Mexico
- Reuters ID: LVA5YJH5E1OKG8WSTGT2XC3MYW7D
- Story Text: Assailants tossed a grenade into a square in Mexico's northern business city of Monterrey on Saturday (October 2), injuring 12 people in an attack the government blamed on drug gangs.
Unidentified men on foot threw the grenade from the edge of a square where people had gathered in the municipality of Guadalupe, which is part of Monterrey, police said. Four children were among the injured.
The explosion was the fourth from a grenade during the weekend in Monterrey, one of Latin America's premier business cities. No one was injured in the earlier attacks.
No one was seriously injured.
Mexico's Interior Ministry condemned the incident and promised a crackdown. It blamed organized crime for the grenade attack in a reference to drug cartels vying for smuggling routes into the United States and Mexico's home-grown drug markets.
Monterrey had been an oasis of calm but has been sucked into Mexico's drug war since the start of this year. One of the three grenade attacks on Friday across Monterrey came in the center of the city near the U.S. consulate, which had been targeted at least twice with grenades in 2009.
The government blames a split between the powerful Gulf cartel and its former armed wing, the Zetas, for much of the violence, which also has surged in neighboring Tamaulipas since the start of the year.
More than 29,000 people have died in drug violence since President Felipe Calderon launched his army-led offensive on drug cartels in late 2006.
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