Bomb Blasts: Terror Visits Mexico City
With the backdrop of an election in which the defeated leftist opposition maintains the elections were stolen in a corrupt system, as well as the current violence in Oaxaca, multiple bombs exploded in Mexico City, including the Federal Electoral Tribunal and the PRI party headquarters.
Homemade bombs exploded early Monday at the Federal Electoral Tribunal, a bank branch and the headquarters of the former ruling party in the country's capital.
Police deactivated a fourth explosive before it went off at a second bank branch and were inspecting a backpack found outside an outlet of the Mexican restaurant chain Sanborns.
There were no injuries and no immediate claims of responsibility for the bombs, which were widely dispersed across the city. Emergency officials received two telephone calls shortly after midnight warning that bombs were about to be detonated.
The explosions shortly afterward damaged an auditorium at the headquarters of the Institutional Revolutionary Party, or PRI. They also shattered windows and caused minor damage at the bank, electoral court and nearby businesses and residences - rattling nerves in Mexico, which has been besieged by protests since its polarizing July 2 presidential elections.
While no group has yet claimed direct responsibility, Stratfor reported that the local leftist group heading up the current crisis in Oaxaca disavowed responsibility for the blasts.
The leader of the People's Popular Assembly of Oaxaca (APPO), Flavio Sosa, announced in a radio interview Nov. 6 that his group is not responsible for three explosions that occurred at banks in Mexico City.
More resembling the IRA than al-Qaeda, homegrown terror has nonetheless reared its ugly head in Mexico, seemingly independent of the terror wielded by the beheading drug cartels that reach up to and beyond the US-Mexico border.