Archive for Saturday, February 16, 2008

Two bomb blasts rock police headquarters

February 16, 2008


— Two explosions Friday near police headquarters killed a bystander, damaged cars and raised suspicions that drug cartels may have shifted to urban terrorism tactics after police raids on cartel cells in the capital, officials and analysts said.

"The force of the blast left me deaf," said apartment manager Guillermo Ruiz, 35, who was about 100 yards away. "A young guy ran by and said a man was on the ground and maybe he was dead and that a woman was bleeding badly."

Police Chief Joel Ortega said the two blasts were caused by a homemade bomb that was placed in the street near Mexico City's massive police headquarters building in the touristy Zona Rosa area of downtown.

The area is popular with Americans and home to several U.S. fast-food restaurants, and it was packed at the time of the early afternoon blast. It is just blocks from the Angel of Independence Monument and a Sheraton Hotel.


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