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Weekly "RíoDoce" in Culiacán, Sinaloa, targeted with explosive device

(CEPET/IFEX) - On the morning of 7 September 2009, the facilities of the weekly "RíoDoce" in Culiacán, Sinaloa state, northwestern Mexico, were targeted by unidentified assailants who used an explosive device. Nobody was injured as a result of the attack.

According to information provided by the weekly's editorial director, Ismael Bojórquez Perea, the attack took place at 1:45 a.m. (local time), when the building was empty. The perpetrators of the attack broke a lock on a metal gate at one of the building's entrances. They were able to lift the gate slightly and throw the explosive inside. The resulting explosion damaged a wall, the floor and the gate.

Investigators from the state Attorney General's Office found eight fragments from the explosive and a fuse that appeared to be from a grenade. They said the explosive could have caused more damage but failed to do so because it went off between a steel desk and the metal gate.

The weekly's directors filed a complaint regarding the explosion with the state Attorney General's Office.

Bojórquez Perea said that in the six years that the weekly has been in operation, they have never received any threats relating to information they have published. He also noted that "Ríodoce" has an editorial line that critiques all levels of government, as well as organised crime.

Bojórquez Perea believed the attack is part of the generalised level of violence in Sinaloa, although he did say that the fact that the intruders purposely broke the lock on the gate in order to throw the explosive inside is a sign that the attack was directed at "Ríodoce". As such, he has not rejected the possibility that the attack could be in retaliation for information published by the weekly.
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