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Car bomb detonated against Mexican troops

The Americas Post - Monterrey's beginning to look a bit like Baghdad. Photo: Notimex

Mexican army soldiers deployed as part of that nation’s Northeast Operation in Monterrey, Nuevo Leon survived a car bombing yesterday that may indicate a dangerous escalation in Mexico’s ongoing drug war.

According to the Ministry of Defense, an armed group simulated a firefight then fled on foot in order to lead soldiers into the ambush, in which none of them were hurt.  Mexican Attorney General Marisela Morales Ibáñez said that forensic specialists were immediately sent to Monterrey to gather evidence from the site of the explosion, which only caused property damage.

Although similar tactics have been used against local and federal police, Mexican Justice Dept investigators said this is the first time a car bomb has been used against the army.

International security expert Samuel Gonzalez said that the bombing is not a sign of escalation, “but rather, a reality.”

“It’s not new anymore; it’s a continuation of what these organized criminals are capable of”, he said.  “We’re all worried that they’ve changed their tactics and we’re going to continue seeing similar violent acts.”

Attorney General Morales said that further  information would be released as the investigation progresses.