It was a scene more like one from a war zone in Afghanistan or Iraq, but it was a street in downtown Juarez, Mexico, where on Thursday night narco-traffickers apparently set off a bomb -- possibly a grenade or car bomb -- that killed at least one police officer.
The bomb exploded as Mexican federal police officers and rescuers were going to the aid of a police officer who had been shot, the El Paso Times reported.
It is reported that the attack was the Juarez cartel's response to the recent arrest of one its top leaders.
The newspaper reported that it is unclear how many were actually killed or injured in the initial shooting and subsequent bomb blast. But, the Times reported that seven people were known to be injured, including a cameraman for television station KINT in El Paso.
The Times' website includes a graphic video shot by a KINT cameraman.The use of explosives by cartels against police is unprecedented in Mexico, but was earlier used by Colombian cartels, the Times reported.
-- Lance Murray