Mexican drug cartels now targeting civilians?

Posted on October 4, 2010

9 – Monterrey, Nuevo León.

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From the Associated Press (emphasis mine): 

MONTERREY, Mexico – An explosion at a plaza in northeastern Mexico injured 15 people, an attack authorities blamed Sunday on drug cartels targeting the civilian population to cause chaos

Police believe the attackers threw a grenade Saturday night at the main square in the town of Guadalupe, but were still trying to confirm the type of explosive, said Adrian de la Garza, the director of the investigations agency of Nuevo Leon, where the town is located. 

It was the fourth such attack in two days in the area around the city of Monterrey, which has been reeling from a turf war between the Gulf and Zetas drug gangs. 

On Friday night, three separate grenade attacks happened: near the federal courts, outside a prison and near the U.S. Consulate in Monterrey. A security guard was injured in the attack at the courts. 

“We believe this might have been an attack against the civilian population. They are trying to create chaos and anxiety in the population,” Garza y Garza said. 

While the resulting death toll since the government’s crackdown on the cartels is staggering (28,000 so far), the act of the cartels actually targeting civilians has not been common .  Let’s hope this is not the beginning of a trend. 

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