Grenade Attack in Matamoros

Wednesday, February 16, 2011 - 8:40am

Some say they wouldn't dare to cross the border during these violent times but others say there is nothing to fear and they do it all the time.

Last night’s alleged grenade attack is just one of the most recent violent attacks in our neighboring Mexican city. Sources, who wished not to be identified for security reasons, say one grenade was thrown at an area near 10th and Abasolo Streets just before 7:30 last night. This incident left at least five innocent people injured. There is no word on their condition today. What we do know is that Mexican authorities and medical staff blocked off the area while they investigated. All these recent acts of violence have left some very scared to cross into their native country.

"Well, to be honest, I am. It has been a while since the last time I was there, about two to three months."

José, who asked us not to show his face in fear of any retaliation from the drug cartels, says he very much rather stay on this side of the border where he feels safe then to walk the Mexican streets and wonder if he'll be the next person to be hit by bullets or grenades. Years ago, he had no worries visiting family.

"It was very calm. You could go see your families in your truck or your car and that was that, no danger."

But this man says differently about Matamoros.

"I was just there last Friday."

Alfonzo Delgado, a Matamoros native, knows all about the violence going on right now but isn't one bit scared.

"I’m not. I have no reason to fear so no, I’m not scared."

Delgado crosses into Mexico every month and stays for about five days. The violence hasn't stopped him from visiting loved ones and says it never will.

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