Photo: Mexico Car Bombing
As the largely narco-fueled violence in Mexico escalates, the country’s crime cartels have resorted to using one of jihadist terrorists’ most lethal weapons — the car bomb. The first successful car bombing occurred in July of last year killing three policemen in Ciudad Juarez and the most recent incident before this weeks event, left two injured in Nuevo Leon at a police station in late December.
Mexico’s Secretariat of Public Security (SSP) announced that a “vehicle-borne improvised explosive device” (VBIED) exploded January 19 in front of a muni-police station in Linares, Nuevo Leon, Mexico.
The SSP further confirmed a second car bomb was detonated in front of a police station in San Nicolas hours later. The VBIED detonated in San Nicolas was in a car that reportedly was abandoned by a man dressed in black just minutes before it exploded.
According to eyewitness accounts, three women had jumped out of the vehicle that blew up in Linares only minutes after they allegedly left the scene. Although there were no reported injuries, there was extensive property damage, including to two nearby vehicles that belonged to a local police official.