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More arrests in Mexico's war on drug cartels

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Two years into Mexico's new antidrug effort, increasingly frequent police crackdowns only seem to be escalating the violence, forcing gangs to use more sophisticated weapons and more spectacular attacks.

The problem was highlighted Wednesday when Mexican police arrested two men carrying high-powered explosives, according to the Australian news outlet News.com.au citing a report in the Mexican newspaper El Universal.

The men, who had six tubes of C4 military explosives, were seized by the army near the western city of Morelia, where assailants threw grenades into a packed crowd on September 15, El Universal daily reported on its website.
The newspaper said they were members of a drug gang called "The Family" [La Familia]. It is one of two groups named by the attorney general this week as suspects in the grenade attack, which marked an escalation in Mexico's drug war.

Also on Wednesday, "a Mexican radio host [was] gunned down while hanging banners to protest a wave of kidnappings across the country," reports the Associated Press.

Yesterday's arrest follows one of the most violent – and as yet unsolved – crimes in Mexico's drug war: a grenade attack two weeks ago in which "assailants threw two grenades into a huge crowd of Independence Day revelers, killing seven and injuring more than 100 in a brazen attack that escalates the war between Mexico's army and drug gangs," APreported.

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