U.S. Consulate in Mexico Attacked with Grenade; No Injuries

Members of the Mexican Army stand guard outside the U.S. Consulate in Guadalajara, Mexico, Dec. 1, 2018, after an attack with an explosive device damaged a wall but injured no one.

MEXICO CITY  (VOA News Online) — Mexican authorities are investigating an apparent grenade attack on the U.S. consulate in the city of Guadalajara, officials said Saturday, underscoring the security challenges facing Mexico’s new president.

The attack took place early Saturday morning, local media reported, ahead of the swearing in of President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador later in the day.

No one was killed or injured in the attack and Mexican authorities are investigating the matter, according to a U.S. official in Mexico.

Jalisco state prosecutors wrote on their Twitter account that federal authorities had taken over the investigation of the incident.

The state is the home base of the Jalisco New Generation Cartel, which is considered one of the most powerful gangs in Mexico by U.S. and Mexican authorities.

The gang’s leader, Nemesio Oseguera Cervantes, or “El Mencho” is on the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration’s most wanted list.

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