Mexico City, January 25, 2009 - A bomb found on Puerta a las Americas, one of the four international bridges linking Nuevo Laredo, Tamaulipas, Mexico to Laredo, Texas, USA was detonated by experts using a robot.
A caller told the 066 on the Mexican side, 911 on American side, emergency operations center in Nuevo Laredo, that bombs had been planted on the bridge on Saturday, according to the Nuevo Laredo civil protection and emergency management office.
After police on both sides of the border were notified and the bridge was closed, U.S. explosives experts who flew in from San Antonio, Texas, within an hour of the call, searched the structure and found only one bomb, which was destroyed in a controlled detonation.
The bridge reopened a few minutes later to pedestrians and vehicles.
Bomb threats have been received for months, but this was the first time that an actual bomb was found in the area.
This same month a MexicanaClick Fokker-100 passenger jet, Mexican registration XA-JXW performing flight QA7221 from Nuevo Laredo to Mexico City with 68 passengers and 5 crew, diverted to San Luis Potosi Airport after a passenger reported, that a bomb threat had been written onto the lavatory's mirror supposedly with a lipstick. The landing was safe, the airplane taxied to a safe zone.
Passengers, luggage and airplane were searched during the following four hours, but no explosives were found. However, 4 passengers were detained, who were questioned as prime suspects of having done a "joke" by writing the bomb threat.