Assailants Hurl Grenades at Building in Mexico City

MEXICO CITY – Assailants threw two hand grenades over the weekend at a building that houses a bank in the southern section of Mexico City, but no one was injured, the district attorney’s office said.

The attack occurred around 4:50 a.m. Sunday at 949 Insurgentes Sur avenue, damaging the building in the Ciudad de los Deportes neighborhood.

The assailants hurled the grenades, one of which did not explode, from a vehicle, the district attorney’s office said, adding that the blast “damaged some windows,” a Federal District police department spokesman said.

The El Bajio Bank branch and the Gabanna bar, located next to the bank, were not damaged by the blast, officials said.

Investigators are trying to determine if the attack is linked to an extortion attempt against the bar, the Reforma newspaper reported on its Web site.

The district attorney’s office did not comment on the direction the investigation was taking.

No messages were left at the crime scene, police said.

Several banks were bombed in Mexico City last September in attacks blamed on an anarchist group.

A homemade bomb exploded April 13 at a Banamex ATM in downtown Mexico City.

The blast shattered windows, the ceiling and lights at the building, but no one was injured. EFE

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