Two Bombs Explode in Mexico City in One Week

Two Bombs Explode in Mexico City in One WeekOn September 1 a small bomb exploded in the middle of the night at a Bancomer bank branch in Tlalpan, on the south end of Mexico City. Exactly a week later, on September 8, a bomb exploded after-hours at a Renault dealership on a busy road near the airport.

No one was injured in either incident.

In Tlalpan, reports said security cameras captured “two men and a woman” planting the explosive device. Other than that, little else is known about these bombings or whether they’re connected. Mayor Marcelo Ebrard revealed during a radio interview on Tuesday that the car dealership bombers left a note at the scene that read: “Stop the construction of the new mega-prison. Political prisoners and prisoners of conscience in Mexico and in the world, liberty.” He said authorities were investigating possible links to the September 1 incident.

Bombings and bomb scares are not unknown in Mexico and Mexico City. In 2007, the Torre Mayor — Latin America’s tallest skyscraper — was evacuated after a credible car-bomb threat was called in. That same year, a guerilla group named EPR detonated bombs along Pemex pipelines across central Mexico. In February 2008, a bomb exploded near the capital city’s police headquarters, killing one.

Last week’s two isolated soft-target bombings, executed in similar style and on opposite ends of the city, bring to mind the calendar. Independence Day is coming up, on September 16. The fiestas patrias start on the night of the 15th — a Tuesday this year like the 1st and the 8th. A happy night for most revelers, but a tense one for police. Last year, in the western city of Morelia, an assailant threw a grenade into the celebratory crowds gathered at the Morelia central plaza on September 15 for the traditional Grito. The terrorist attack killed 8 people and among other things resulted in a ramping up of the military presence in the city.

Independence Day 2009, by the way, will be the one-year mark before Mexico’s big bicentennial and centennial celebrations for Independence Day 2010. To reiterate, the War of Independence happened in 1810, the Revolution happened in 1910.

Needless to say, tonight, I’m a little worried.

* Photo above via El Universal.

Daniel Hernandez is a journalist and commentator based in Mexico City. His work on politics, arts, culture, and media has appeared in publications throughout the United States, Europe, and Latin Ameri more


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