Thursday, June 2, 2011

10 injured in Reynosa grenade attack

Naxiely Lopez
The Monitor

At least 10 maquiladora employees were injured in a grenade attack in Reynosa Thursday morning.

The incident happened about 6:30 a.m. near the entrance of the LG Maquila at an industrial park east of the city, said Alma Leticia Carranza Gomez, a spokesperson for the Tamaulipas State Police. The industrial zone located near Reynosa’s General Lucio Blanco International Airport on Brecha E-99.

Thirty employees were aboard a bus that picks them up for work, which begins at 7 a.m., when they heard a loud noise followed by the shattering of the bus’ windows, Gomez said.

“They didn’t know where it came from,” Gomez said in Spanish about the grenade. “All they did was ask the driver to keep going.”

The employees were initially treated for injuries at the maquila and ten of them were later transported to an area hospital, she said.

The most serious injury was suffered by a man who had a piece of shattered glass in his right eye, Gomez said, adding everyone was expected to survive the attack.

Investigators from Mexico’s Ministry of Defense — known by its Spanish acronym as SEDENA — remained at the scene Thursday afternoon as they searched for two other grenades that had reportedly not detonated, Gomez said.

“It could’ve been worse,” she said.

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