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

South America

02 December 2018, 06:39

M.News

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 Mexicos new president, VOA news reports.

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 gangs leader, Nemesio Oseguera Cervantes, or El Mencho is on the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administrations most wanted list.

Violence has surged in Jalisco and across Mexico, which is seeing record levels of killings. Jaliscos incoming governor, Enrique Alfaro, is set to take power next weekend.