Bomb Explosion In Nuevo Laredo Mexico Ahead Of National Elections; Cartels Suspected
A truck bomb has exploded in Nuevo Laredo, Mexico that was parked outside the town hall, injuring seven. So far police are reporting that there have been no fatalities.
Mexico's elections are just two days away in which voters will decide who to replace Felipe Calderon, who has waged a 5-1/2-year battle against drug traffickers and saw cartel violence spike resulting in thousands dead.
Police had yet to confirm if the attack was drug related, a possibility many suspect. Police, who were assisted by soldiers and Marines have sealed off the area and collecting evidence in an effort to determine the type of explosive as well as any information that could point to who was responsible.
The explosion went off mid-morning, tearing apart the vehicle and damaging 11 other cars as well as a wall of the town hall, the Tamaulipas state attorney general's office said in a statement.
Mexican presidents are barred by the constitution from running for a second term, but the candidate from Calderon's ruling National Action Party (PAN) is in third place, according to most polls.
Enrique Pena Nieto, of the opposition Institutional Revolutionary Party (PRI), is expected to win the election by a wide margin according to the polls.