Gunmen attack on buses injures 3 in Mexico's border state

15:04, April 24, 2011      

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Three passengers were injured when buses were attacked by gunmen early Saturday morning, judicial officials in Mexico's northeastern Tamaulipas state said.

Three buses were travelling through Tamaulipas state, two of which were heading toward the city of Monterrey, while the other one was going to the border city of Nuevo Laredo.

Authorities said the attacks occurred in the municipality of Hidalgo at around 5 a.m. and one passenger suffered critical injuries.

The state government condemned the "cowardly" attack and promised to increase patrols in Hidalgo. The attack came during the Easter week vacation, when many Mexicans went out with their families and friends.

Highways in Tamaulipas have been plagued with violence recently as a pair of drug cartels, the Gulf Cartel and Los Zetas, are fighting for control over the lucrative smuggling routes through Tamaulipas to the United States.

Authorities in Tamaulipas found 145 bodies in 26 graves earlier this month and said the victims were being taken at gunpoint from buses traveling through the state.

Los Zetas has been blamed for the abductions and murders of the bus passengers.

Source: Xinhua
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