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Mexican authorities uncover improvised explosive device at international border bridge connecting to Laredo, Texas

February 21, 2018  |  Posted by: Francesca Falzarano
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Authorities in Mexico have confirmed the discovery of an active improvised explosive device (IED) at one of the international bridges joining the border cities of Laredo, Texas, and Nuevo Laredo, Tamaulipas. Tamaulipas is considered to be the headquarters of the ruthless Los Zetas cartel.

Mexico’s Attorney General’s Office released a statement in regards to the recent finding of the IED. The information did not indicate the date that the bomb was recovered at the bridge but verified that the explosive was active.

The device was left at the Las Americas International Bridge.

Neither the City of Laredo nor U.S. Customs and Border Protection has issued any information concerning the improvised explosive device.

Mexican officials de-activated the explosive and removed it from the bridge’s pedestrian lane. Although bomb threats are not unheard of at the many international bridges in Tamaulipas where cartels operate; the discovery of an actual device is a first.

The border city of Nuevo Laredo is under controlled by the Cartel Del Noreste faction of the Los Zetas; a violent, transnational drug organization that uses the border city of Laredo as one of its main entryways into Texas.

The recovery of the IED at the bridge occurred days after Mexican authorities found two anti-personnel mines, also known as Claymores in the border city of Camargo, a Mexican city that is located across the border from Rio Grande City, Texas.

The mines were discovered in underground storage facilities utilized by the Gulf Cartel to conceal weapons and ammunition. Although the CDN controls Nuevo Laredo, the cities east of there are dominated by the Gulf Cartel.

Both criminal organizations have been engulfed in a series of internal strife and fracturing that is associated with the escalating violence in the various border cities joining Texas.

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