Mexican Police Force Quits After Cartel Attack

Town's entire force flees as gunmen attack new station
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Oct 28, 2010 5:35 AM CDT
Bullet holes are seen over a police vehicle and a police station wall after an attack in Los Ramones, on the outskirts of Monterrey, Mexico.   (AP Photo/Carlos Jasso)
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(Newser) – The entire police force of a small Mexican town rapidly decided police work wasn't for them after cartel gunmen attacked their new headquarters. All 15 members of the force in Los Ramones, on the outskirts of Monterrey, resigned and fled in terror as gunmen attacked the building—inaugurated just three days earlier—with automatic weapons and grenade launchers, the Financial Times reports.

Nobody was injured in the attack, but six police vehicles were destroyed and more than 1,000 bullet casings were found at the scene. "The idea was to give a greater service to the population,” the town's mayor said about the new station. “This is really serious.” State police and members of the Mexican military will be sent to the town until a long-term solution can be found.

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